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Why we hug?

Hugging is an integral part of most cultures and societies world wide. Animals too do hug each other. Hugging goes beyond formality to boost intimacy and sympathy. It’s performed to express warmth, protectiveness, brotherhood, support, and affection towards each other. In all kinds of close relationships, we hug each other. Hug is offered or received when a person truly wants to be cherished or relieved at deeper level by someone else.

Why hugging someone is so magical, heartfelt, and mesmerizing? Because it is strongly related with our physiology and psychological defense system against adversities.

Do you remember the last time you crossed arms over your chest while feeling insecure? Touched, covered, and scratched your neck under threat? Stood by pushing your back against wall while feeling despaired? All these body parts are the most vulnerable so any harm or injuries to them would lead to serious impairment or death.

While hugging, we firmly touch chest and neck of other person with same body parts of our own. Also, we wrap our arms over unprotected back of each other. By doing this, we offer each other the same security and soothing which is provided by our parents or elders during childhood.

Hugging is the most defenseless and welcoming approach of both persons towards each other, unconsciously saying, “We are mutually and voluntarily exposing and touching most vulnerable and sensitive part of each others body. We don’t hold any defense. We protect each other (by covering back by arms) and we are very intimate, trustworthy, and affectionate.

Hugging each other might remain an outlandish or old-school ritual for touch reluctant people of modern generation but they won't understand the importance of same until they receive warm hug and feel its power personally.

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