As the weeks of coronavirus quarantine ballooned into months, hugs are among the many things isolated people base themselves aching for. Hugs are good for humans — perhaps more valuable than varied of us realized, until we found ourselves missing them.
Research has granted that hugs can lower our cortisol levels during stressful sites, and can raise oxytocin levels and maybe even lower our blood put the screws on. A 2015 paper published in Psychological Science even found that boning up subjects who got more hugs were less likely to get sick when make known to a cold virus than those who weren’t hugged as often.
So when embracing is deemed safe again, will we remember how navigate when you should and shouldn’t hug someone — and how not to submit on too long?
The first rule of Hug Club: You don’t have to hug anyone you don’t want to, and it’s get the better of to ask before going in for a squeeze — especially if it’s someone you don’t know well.
At the same time you’ve established that your hugging partner wants a hug, you’ll probably pick up on cues as to how large it should last, like pats on the back.
And don’t worry too much in the matter of hugging too tightly. The HuggieBot 1.0, a hugging robot, had three pressure scenes: light, medium and extra squeeze. Alexis Block, the inventor of the wring machine, said that in her research, study participants most habitually rated the tightest hugs as their favorites.