The Right Way to Give Back a Hug ????

When someone hugs you, let them be the first to go.

When Someone Hugs You, Let Them Be The First To Go.

“To the world, you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world.”

Dr. Seuss

Embrace this mantra and be someone’s world, one lingering hug at a time. ???????? So, dear reader, go ahead, make that hug count. Let’s all be the last to let go. ????????

The Science Behind Hugs ????????

“You can’t wrap love in a box, but you can wrap a person in a hug.”

– Unknown.

If this doesn’t motivate you to start a hugging spree, I don’t know what will!

Ever wondered why a good, long hug feels so darn nice? As it turns out, this isn’t just some fuzzy, feel-good phenomena – there’s hard science to back it up. When we hug someone, our bodies release oxytocin, the cuddle hormone, which promotes feelings of trust, empathy, and connection. But don’t let go just yet – the longer the hug, the more oxytocin is released. So if you want to be a pro hugger, remember: “When someone hugs you, be the last to let go.” ????????

The Power of Prolonged Hugs ????????

“A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away.”

Bil Keane, cartoonist of “The Family Circus”

It’s a fun reminder that kindness is indeed reciprocal. You toss a hug out there, and bam, you get one right back. Like an instant karma payback!

Not only do extended hugs release feel-good hormones, but they can also help lower our heart rate, reduce stress, and even improve our mood. Ever notice how some people are fantastic at giving hugs? Like they have a PhD in Hugging or something? They’re the ones who aren’t in a rush to pull away. The lingerers. By embracing the power of the lingering hug, you’re essentially offering a gift of tranquility, connection, and warmth. ????????

More Than Just a Hug ????????

Embracing the idea of being the last to let go during a hug is about more than just maximizing oxytocin release or lowering your heart rate. It’s about signaling to the other person, in a small but potent way, that they matter. It’s a way to show empathy, understanding, and solidarity. In an increasingly fast-paced world where genuine connection is often in short supply, holding onto a hug just a few moments longer can communicate, “I see you, I value you, and I’m here for you.” ????????

Putting It into Practice ????????

“Hugs were invented to let people know you love them without having to say anything.”

– Bil Keane.

This is essentially the silent movie of the affection world. Less talk, more snuggle!

It’s one thing to understand the power of the lingering hug, but how do we actually put it into practice? First, it’s crucial to always respect the other person’s comfort levels. Not everyone is a hugger, and that’s okay. For those who are, try being present in the moment, relaxing into the hug, and holding on for just a bit longer than you normally would. Just remember to let go before it gets awkward! ????????

The Takeaway: Hug It Out, Hold On ????????

The bottom line is, don’t rush your hugs! Savor them. And don’t be afraid to be the last one to let go. By doing so, you’re not just delivering a great hug; you’re also offering comfort, connection, and a sense of belonging. So go ahead, hold onto your next hug a little bit longer. It might just make someone’s day. ????????

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Just a little boy from Ireland, who became a staunch American while raising three boys, creating three companies, and being married for 30 years
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Just a little boy from Ireland, who became a staunch American while raising three boys, creating three companies, and being married for 30 years