Skip to main content

It's easy to take a hug for granted. As a mom, I probably dish out 10 to 20 hugs a day. And I try to be present for all of them; but, sometimes I'm in a rush or in a mood or in a _. But I know that an intentional, meaningful hug really does do the body (and mind! and soul!) good. 

After all, numerous studies show that hugs boost immune system responses, help fight disease and make us healthier. Hugs increase serotonin, which is the body’s natural antidepressant and helps us sleep. They have shown to reduce stress and anxiety, and promote relaxation.

Jan. 21st is National Hug Day and you should “squeeze the day.” Take a break through a meaningful hug with your loved ones, and make that feeling last for even longer by following these simple mantras.

Untitled design (46)
Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

The Best Eye Cream

Momtrends MVP’s: The Best Eye Cream

If I asked you to detail your daily skin care routine, would eye cream be at the top of your list? Is it on your list at all? If not, it’s probably time to test out a new product or two for your regimen. Don’t worry. Momtrends has you covered with our top picks for the best eye more

Amazon Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

Amazon Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

Its hard to believe the holidays are here! At Momtrends, we love a good deal, and we love to share. Since we know you don't have oodles of time to sift through emails, we did the work for you and put together our list of favorites from Amazon's Cyber Monday Beauty sale. 8 Best more

Skin Perfected with the Le Mieux Ultrasonic Facial Tool

Skin Perfected with the Le Mieux Ultrasonic Facial Tool

No lie – I love a good skincare gadget, but I’m pretty particular about what makes the cut. First and foremost, it has to work. It has to do something for my skin that is worth the time to use the device and the money to buy it in the first place. Second, I really hate products more

Keep it Real. Too often, hugs are superficial, just something we do out of habit. This year, focus on the hug and do it with purpose, as an expression of friendship. Squeeze hard, but not too hard.

Take a breath. Once you are in the hug, pause for a moment and breathe. Just one breath. This is where you have the chance to squeeze a little longer. Go ahead and be a little vulnerable. In the moment, remember who you are hugging and why you are hugging them. This is a moment of where the healing power of the hug truly shines through. We all want to be loved, and a hug or squeeze is a true sign of affection and trust.

Let it Go. Be willing to be the first to let go, be sensitive to the movements of the person you are hugging, and let go. Leave the embrace with a smile on your face, even in the hardest moments of life, moments when a hug means more as a sign of connection. Always let the person you are letting go of know you are happy.

Check out this National Hug Day video from TreeTop

This is not a sponsored post.

Tips courtesy of TreeTop

Related Articles