How Many Daily Hugs Do We Need?

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Why do hugs make us feel better and how many do we need?

Dr. Christine Carter, a sociologist and happiness expert at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, says one reason hugs ramp up our feel-good quotient is that they stimulate production of oxytocin, the neurotransmitter also known as the “bonding” hormone. Oxytocin contributes to our sense of connectedness and, as a result, our happiness.

Carter references the research of a Harvard-trained M.D. who suggests that giving 8 hugs per day allows you to reap the full benefits of oxytocin production.

To work 8 hugs into your daily schedule, Carter recommends deciding ahead of time how you’re going to get your hugs. Routine hugs can happen with:

  • Your kids when they wake up and go to bed
  • Your partner before leaving for work
  • A friend at some point during the day

Most importantly, make sure your hugs linger! If you’re short on hugs today, check out this video.

  • Jay

    i’m an Aspie, i don’t feel comfortable with hugs..

  • Anonymous

    Hi Jay.
    I very much appreciate that. Would love to hear what brings you happiness.
    Thanks for your comment!

  • Genemosher2001


  • Q_Q

    I haven’t had one for a year Q_Q

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