Monday, January 2, 2017

The Power of a Hug

It has been said that a hug can help release oxytocin and dopamine, which can improve social bonding, relieve stress, and improve happiness or pleasure.

A while ago, I stumbled upon a YouTube video of a social experiment: hugging someone for 4 minutes straight. Some people who hugged were: a mother and daughter, roommates/bffs, a couple with an adorable baby (😍), and many more.

I always enjoy watching these types of videos not only because I'm interested in social experiments but to see what emotion can be evoked by watching them. Normally, I constantly smile through these videos-and I did with this video-but it also evoked another emotional response.


I never expected to the cry the way I did. It was as if my eyes became Niagara Falls. Tears were just constantly streaming down my face. I'll have to admit. I am a sympathetic crier and yes, there were some people in the video who were crying and this could have somewhat triggered my tears.

But I believe the main reason for my tears is the feeling a hug can give.

I AM A HUGGER!  You can ask my family and friends. I give them hugs all the time. Why? Because I love feeling the personal connection and the "warm fuzziness" you get inside when your arms are wrapped around someone you care deeply about. Whether that is a mom, a dad, a sibling, a grandparent, a friend, a dog, a tree. Anything!

I hug my parents because I want them to know I love and appreciate everything they have done, is doing, and will do for me in my life even though I don't tell them this enough.

I hug my friends because I want them to know that I appreciate them so very much and their friendship means the world to me.

If I could give YOU, the reader, a virtual big hug, it would be because I appreciate and am thankful for you taking the time out of your day to read this post and all posts to come.


I CHALLENGE ANY AND EVERYONE TO GIVE AT LEAST ONE PERSON A HUG. It doesn't have to be 4 minutes long...unless you want it to.

By doing so, you could turn that person's bad day into a better and brighter day.


Here's the link for the video. P.S. You might wanna grab a box of tissues if your eyes tend to "sweat" (or is tear-triggered)😉

Watch "We Asked These People To Hug For 4 Minutes Straight | Glamour" on YouTube

Have a good day and don't forget to "stay classy"😊

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