Hugs and why they are so damn amazing

Yesterday I was at an event and I met someone new, she was much older than me, still, there was an even admiration towards each other and a few meaningful hugs were exchanged and it reminded me of how much I miss those tons of hugs I used to have each day.

Then there were people that I knew my whole life long and every hug from them, long and short, were heartfelt.

There was this one moment I was a bit upset and just sat down outside, quiet and away from most of the people, and someone, who I also have known for long came and asked me if I was alright (she knew everything that went down) and then after I assured her that I was okay and just collecting myself, she pulled me into her arms and I immediately felt comforted, better, and much happier.

I knew I had to make a blog about hugs and then went and created a quick draft post so that I won’t forget. Hugs are truly powerful and like my heading said, pretty “damn amazing”.

Whenever I am having a bad day or is down, all I really need is a good long hug from someone I care about. What makes you instantly feel better?

Benefits of hugging

  • Hugs can make you happier.
  • Hugs are natural stress reducers.
  • It boosts your heart health
  • Can protect you against illnesses
  • Reduces fears, anxiety and even pain
  • Helps with communication skills
  • Improves relationships

The thing is when we hug, our muscles relax, oxytocin and endorphins get released, dopamine and serotonin levels increase… all these boosts your mood and relieves symptoms of depression.

How many hugs we need a day:

  • Hugs should last about three seconds at the least.

Hugging for 20 seconds a day may reduce your stress | News | The …

Hugging someone you love for 20 seconds a day is the key to alleviating stress and beating burnout, according to a new book. A lingering embrace releases the bonding hormone oxytocin, which can lower your blood pressure, slow your heart rate and improve your mood.Mar 3, 2019

Covid-19 is slowly taking away parts of humanity and I can’t wait until most things are back to normal.


Feel free to leave any thoughts and experiences. Thanks for reading.

Much love. Take care๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’ž

47 Comments

  1. Absolutely..Hugs are comforting

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  2. karlien09 says:

    ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’žVery much so!
    Thanks for reading and leaving your thoughts, I appreciate it more than you know!
    Take care๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’ž

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  3. Most welcome ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. Ramya Vivek says:

    That’s a beautiful thought! Hugs indeed ease down all our worries and pressures. To have someone to share our hugs with, is a bliss!

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  5. ashok says:

    Hugs arenโ€™t damn amazing โ€” they are divinely amazing and healing ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿค—

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  6. Karlien, hugs are the greatest! Babies need to be held to thrive. Hugs help to maintain family relationships and friendships. We just need to limit the circle of huggers while covid19 is around. I loved this post! All the best! Cheryl

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  7. “When hugs are so intimate close *&* tight
    when air can’t pass between ‘two’
    true love has manifested itself.”

    _-Van Prince

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  8. karlien09 says:

    Indeed it is๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’ž Thanks for sharing your thoughts๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿฅ‚๐Ÿ’ž

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  9. karlien09 says:

    I should’ve used those words๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜‚ They sure are!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’ž

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  10. karlien09 says:

    Very true. Yeah, Covid is a real challenge.
    Thanks for leaving your thoughts๐Ÿค—
    Take care๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿค—

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  11. karlien09 says:

    Wow!๐Ÿ˜€ Very well said๐Ÿ’•

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  12. Your post was very-very well presented *&* represented by you creative young genius!

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  13. karlien09 says:

    Thank you, dear friend, it is deeply appreciated
    ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’ž

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  14. You earned the compliment!

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  15. ashok says:

    That is ok Karlien ๐Ÿ˜Š younger people use different words ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค—

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  16. ashok says:

    I come from a very hugging family ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜…

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  17. karlien09 says:

    ๐Ÿ˜œI usually just use the first word that comes to mind๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿค—

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  18. karlien09 says:

    That’s very nice๐Ÿ’ž my family only hugs when greeting๐ŸŒธ

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  19. ashok says:

    ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค—

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  20. ashok says:

    ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค—

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  21. A good take off!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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  22. karlien09 says:

    Thanks๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’ž

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Superb blessings

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  24. karlien09 says:

    ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’ž

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  25. Nice reminder! Great post!

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  26. karlien09 says:

    ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’ž

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  27. Manish Malu says:

    4 hugs a day for survival..And I am surviving without any…๐Ÿ™„

    Wonderful post… And hug for you,๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

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  28. karlien09 says:

    Haha, I thought the same๐Ÿ˜‚

    Thanks๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’ž

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  29. Manish Malu says:

    But ya.. some times I feel that what I need is only a hug to cure the problem or the stress.. and miss that hug…๐Ÿ˜Š

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  30. karlien09 says:

    true๐Ÿ”ฅ
    I have one friend whos hug always makes life better and to find something like that is precious๐ŸŒธ

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  31. Manish Malu says:

    Yes.. absolutely true… Am in search of such person…๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿค—

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  32. karlien09 says:

    I’m sure you’ll find him/her๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’ž
    I think we all find someone like that sooner or later in our lives.

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  33. Manish Malu says:

    Thanks dear…๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•

    Like

  34. such an amazing piece of information and lovely also. thankyou for hugging us readers in your thoughts, we hug you back Karlien for such a nice post.

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  35. karlien09 says:

    ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿค—โค
    Thanks for reading and leaving this thoughtful comment. It is truly appreciated๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿค—

    Liked by 1 person

  36. Beautiful.. I’m just flattered… I think the way people used to communicate before the invention of language is only through HUGS… The warm of a hug conveys the most honest communications…

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  37. karlien09 says:

    Never thought of that, maybe yes. It certainly does.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and broadening my perspective๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•

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  38. You are most welcome…

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  39. Megha says:

    A very underestimated gesture. Your post is a good reminder ๐Ÿ’•

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  40. E-hug coming your way.

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  41. karlien09 says:

    Thanks๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•

    Liked by 2 people

  42. karlien09 says:

    ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’•
    ๐Ÿค—

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  43. Geri Lawhon says:

    I like that there is a quota on hugs. Such a wonderful and heartfelt piece. Thank you for posting it.

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  44. karlien09 says:

    Me too, thanks๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•
    Thank you for reading and leaving a much-appreciated comment.๐Ÿ’ž

    Much love and abundance. Take care.๐Ÿ’•

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  45. meandyou4359 says:

    Hi
    Hugs are truly amazing specially the hugs from your loved ones.
    Thanku for the wonderful write up.
    Do read my blog at

    https://meandyou916671862.wordpress.com/2020/09/16/some-unanswerable-questions/
    I am new blogger.need all support from other bloggers.
    Thanks

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  46. karlien09 says:

    Hi
    I couldn’t agree more๐Ÿ’•

    I will check out your blog, I am also basically still new, only a month in.

    Much love and abundance. Take good care๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—

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