Do you remember how long it’s been since you last hugged someone?
In Korea, the 14th day of each month is labelled as Valentine’s Day, and on the 14th of December, Korean people end the year with Hug Day, in which they embrace the person they love. Of course, it’s definitely not a day exclusive for lovers! Single people are not left out and may give warm hugs to each other or to friends and family members.
在韩国，每个月的14日都被贴上了情人节的标签。 12月14日，人们则会用拥抱情人节来为这一年画上句号——拥抱他们所爱的人。当然，这绝不是情人的专属节日！ 单身人士并不会被排斥在外，他们会互相给予拥抱，并拥抱家人和好友。
Undoubtedly, a simple hug has undeniable power. Let’s discover 5 facts that you may not have known about hugs.
Hugging can give you a health boost
A study published in 2014 in Psychological Science, found that hugs may help boost health. Experts from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, have provided the conclusion that social support and frequent hugs seemed to predict “less-severe illness signs.” So, hugging more often is worth a short to avoid cold and flu symptoms. Science proves that regular hugs with those closest to you, even if brief, can have positive effects on your brain and body.
Hugging can reduce negative emotions
Hugging is also associated with emotional health, as hugging can reduce stress at work, bring down tension levels in our personal lives as well as alleviate negative feelings such as sadness, sorrow and pain. So, next time you see someone in pain or feel as if the world is crumbling around you, open yourself for a hug.
A hug with skin contact can solve the “Skin Hunger”
Skin contact is essential for our overall well-being; research shows that “skin hunger” does in fact exist and hugging is a good way to solve this! About one-third of people cannot get a hug from someone every day, but 75% of them indicate that they actually want more hugs.
Hugging can strengthen relationships
Hugging is also an important part of relationships, as partners who hug on a regular basis trust each other more than those who frequently don’t touch. There is also a link between partners who frequently hug and the longevity of their marriages. In summary, couples who frequently touch each other tend to have longer and happier marriages than those who don’t.
Hugging, more rather than less
Family therapist Virginia Satir once said, “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” According to the best scientific research, we should have as many hugs as possible if we want to reap the greatest positive effects. Unfortunately, most people today are touch deprived, living solitary, busy lives with reduced social interaction and touching.
So, are you ready to get a hug yet? Don’t hesitate, hug the person you love in front of you!