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a soothing effect that lowers blood pressure and reduces the stress levels inheart attack victims.Hugging also has social benefits. People who hug other people are less likely todo nervous self-touching, like touching their hands and hair and biting their nails.
Hugging makes you smarter
Research has even found that hugging stimulates brain cells. “According tointelligence researcher Jay Gordon, MD, co-author of
, new studiesshow that children who get some
form of touching, such as a
long hug every day
. ‘The more physical contact a little one gets, the more thebrain cells are stimulated, creating stronger, faster brain synapses and boostingIQ.’” (Jenn Hollowell, eHow Editor, in “What Is Hug Day?”)
Types of hugs
There are several types of hugs; the situation and the relationship between thehuggers determine which type is used.
The A-frame hug. The huggers touch only from the shoulders up; brief; usedwhere formality is called for.
The full-body hug. The two huggers stand facing each other, wrapping armsaround each other’s shoulders and waists, heads together; firm, yet gentle;can be shared by good friends, relatives, or lovers.
The side (or one-arm) hug. Standing side by side, one hugger (usually thetaller one) puts his or her arm around the other hugger’s shoulder, while thesecond hugger puts his or her arm around the other’s waist; more casual, or used between people who aren’t comfortable with a full hug.
The cheek hug. This is a tender, gentle hug; can be experienced comfortablysitting down, standing up, or with one hugger sitting and the other standing; atasteful way to greet someone who is seated.
The “guy” hug (or “shug”—a combination of “shake” and “hug”). The two guysshake, and with hands still clasped, lean in for a hug with the free arm; thegoal is to create a barrier between the two huggers so as not to appear toointimate.
The bear hug. This is like the full-body hug, but much more forceful; usedbetween people of either gender or mixed gender who are completelycomfortable with the full-body hug and are relatively sturdy; not advised for