Benefits of Hugging

Benefits of hugging? Think about it.

As parents, we all want to do what’s best for our children’s health and well-being.

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Hugging is Powerful

We encourage them to eat their vegetables, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly. But have you considered the benefits of hugging for your child’s health? It turns out that hugging for a minimum of 20 seconds can have a powerful impact on your child’s emotional and physical well-being.

The Evidence

Studies have shown that hugging releases oxytocin, a hormone that helps reduce stress and anxiety. It also lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and can even boost the immune system. Plus, regular hugs can help children develop a sense of security and trust, which can lead to better self-esteem and social skills.

Respecting Personal Boundaries

Remember, as children grow older, their boundaries and preferences may change. It’s important to respect their autonomy and teach them about personal boundaries. Encourage open communication and let them know that their feelings and choices are valid and respected.


If you’re looking to make hugging a regular part of your family routine, here are some resources to get you started:

  1. “The Power of Hugging” video from the Cleveland Clinic: This short video explains the science behind hugging and how it can benefit your health.
  2. “The Hug Project” on Instagram: This account is a way the community is sharing hugs! Check out the pictures!
  3. “The Art of Hugging” article from Psychology Today: This informative article offers tips for hugging effectively, including how to create a comfortable and safe environment for hugging.
  4. “The Hugging Tree: A Story About Resilience: The Hugging Tree tells the story of a little tree growing all alone on a cliff, by a vast and mighty sea. Through thundering storms and the cold of winter, the tree holds fast. Sustained by the natural world and the kindness and compassion of one little boy, eventually the tree grows until it can hold and shelter others.
Are you a hugger?

Personally, I am not a big hugger. It is something I have never been super comfortable with or eager to engage in with anyone other than those closest to me. I can’t explain why this is. But, since I have learned of the benefits, I started analyzing my behaviors with my own children. My youngest definitely receives the most hugs. He is only 5 and is still very affectionate.

Reflecting back, with my oldest two daughters, I definitely have slowly pulled away. Part of that is to respect their personal space and boundaries. But, I don’t want hugging me to become something of a phenomenon. I want them to always feel safe and protected at home. So, I’ve started making hugging part of my routine (I am very much a routine-type person). The result? My girls very quickly held on and come for hugs often. We, as parents, set the precedence. Sometimes that means getting out of our own comfort zones.

So, go ahead and give your child a big, warm hug today. It’s good for both of you! And remember, open communication and respect for personal boundaries are key in nurturing a healthy and loving relationship with your child.