Aug 242014

I LOVE LOVE LOVE HUGS! It makes me feel exceptionally good inside. Whenever I write a note I always put hugs, Dolly. I don’t care if I just met you hugs is my signature. Why you say? Well, I think it’s time you know the true meaning of a “HUG”!

So I found this article, and when I read it I said to myself, “Did someone jump inside my head and pull a bunch of stuff out and put it on paper”? Well, here what it says!

Hugging (and also laughter) is extremely effective at healing sickness, disease, loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress.

Research shows a proper deep hug, where the hearts are pressing together, can benefit you in these ways:

1. The nurturing touch of a hug builds trust and a sense of safety. This helps with open and honest communication.big hug

2. Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.

3. Holding a hug for an extended time lifts one’s serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.

4. Hugs strengthen the immune system. The gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge this creates activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy and disease free.

friends5. Hugging boosts self-esteem. From the time we’re born our family’s touch shows us that we’re loved and special. The associations of self-worth and tactile sensations from our early years are still imbedded in our nervous system as adults. The cuddles we received from our Mom and Dad while growing up remain imprinted at a cellular level, and hugs remind us at a somatic level of that. Hugs, therefore, connect us to our ability to self love.

6. Hugging relaxes muscles. Hugs release tension in the body. Hugs can take away pain; they soothe aches by increasing circulation into the soft tissues. (i likes that one a lot ~hehehe~)

7. Hugs balance out the nervous system. The galvanic skin response of someone receiving and giving a hug shows a change in skin conductance. The effect in moisture and electricity in the skin suggests a more balanced state in the nervous system – parasympathetic.

8. Hugs teach us how to give and receive. There is equal value in receiving and being receptive to warmth, as to giving and sharing. Hugs educate us how love flows both ways.

9. Hugs are so much like meditation and laughter. They teach us to let go and be present in the moment. They encourage us to flow with the energy of life. Hugs get you out of your circular thinking patterns and connect you with your heart and your feelings and your breath.

10. The energy exchange between the people hugging is an investment in the relationship. It encourages empathy and understanding. And, it’s synergistic, which means the whole is more than the sum of its parts: 1 1 = 3 or more! This synergy is more likely to result in win-win outcomes.


From my family (me & my two girls taken last year at one of Dave’s gigs) to yours… HUG!!! Did you ever notice in pictures what do people do to pose??? HUG!!!

There is a saying by Virginia Satir, a respected family therapist, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.” Eight or more might seem quite high, but while researching and writing this article I asked my child, “How many hugs a day do you like?” She said, “I’m not going to tell you how many I like, but it’s way more than eight.” That really made me smile and touched my heart. And, I realized how organic and deep the need for hugs is.

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What do all these pictures have in common????   HUGGING!   Go look at your pictures right now and go see if 9 out of 10 of those pictures if there’s more than one person they’re hugging to pose!!!  So there ya have it!  When someone writes Hugs, NAME… IT’S ALSO… wishing you well, and I want to help with a HUG!  So it you’re not doing anything right now and someone else is in the house get up and go give them hug, and when they say what was that for you just tell them… “… just because I care”.


 hugs & kisses



  9 Responses to “What’s in a HUG? Today is hug the one you love day!!!”


    If hugs are supposed to help the immune system, then I need a ton right now. Nose is running, throat is sore, and I am waiting for tomorrow as that will be when the big bad coughing will come into play. This started on last Monday, and it has yet to run the course through the whole family. Two more to go! Good thing that the dogs won’t catch it! 😉


    That’s why we do it every night, and (as Joe Walsh says) ALL NIGHT LONG!


    Love this post! My hubby is the biggest hugger I know. He does Bear hugs, LOL.
    Looks like I need to make you some more hug tags ;o)
    Happy Sunday hugs, Faythe @ GrammyMouseTails


    Beautiful photos! Wonderful hugs happiness!


    The link to the song is below the first photo!


    Lovely photos.. I love hugs too and give the to the kids very often.


    Thank you very much Marie, I remind you that under the first poto is the link to my favorite video on youtube, check it!

    Bigott – Mum Walking Dead:

    Civil Twilight -The Courage or the Fall:


    Huff, puff!! I knew I’d make it here sooner or later. What wonderful family pictures – and everyone I’d hugging! Our family is like that too – although they’d kill me if I posted any pictures of them online. I had read a long ago that hugging was good for your soul. But it’s great to see all the professional credits you have here to back up my gut feeling.

    This blog is a public service because the word needs to spread about the healing power of the human touch and hug. You did good with thus one Marie because this will help more people than you know. See you on Facebook….and ops, I’m not ignoring you but I don’t play any FB games


      You don’t have to play FB games. I know you’re always there for me sweetie even if it’s just a hello! In case you’re wondering and anyone else if you’re friends with someone that plays games the game will send you requests to play even without us telling it too. It just does it so ignore and delete is all I can say! 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend! HUGS AND SEE YA ON FB!

Thanks for the lovely comment!