7. Hugging as Therapy
Hugging is so great for us that it’s actually used therapeutically. Deep pressure touch is the most therapeutic kind of touch, and is the kind of pressure applied during hugging, holding, stroking, the petting of animals, or the swaddling of babies. Both humans and animals respond positively to deep pressure touch, particularly people with psychiatric disorders or autism. When those people cannot tolerate human touch well, a “hug simulator” can be used. Animals tend to be calmed by a firm loving hand from their caregivers, and farm animals, for example, may sometimes be placed in a squeeze chute to calm them down during inoculation.
Now you know the benefits of hugging nothing should hold you back from giving or receiving a squeeze. Who are you going to bestow the gift of a hug to today?