Did you know that the average length of a hug between two people is only 3 seconds?
Researchers have discovered something amazing… When a hug lasts 20 seconds, there is an actual therapeutic effect on the body and mind.
The reason is that an authentic hug, one full of feeling and love, produces a hormone called "oxytocin", (known as the love hormone). This substance has many benefits. For example, it helps us to relax, to feel safe, to feel love and connection and to calm our fears and anxiety.
This wonderful calming, love and connection is offered free of charge every time we hold a person in our arms, cradle a child, snuggle with a dog or cat, dance with a partner, etc.
In fact, just being close to a person--without the 6-foot COVID-19 boundary--can make a difference. But rules are rules so we have to wait. :-(