A hug is all we need. No matter how bad a day goes, a good warm hug will brighten up our day. We scrolled through Instagram and made a list of pictures of hugs that will warm your heart.

We as humans have different ways of dealing with excitement, pain, etc. More often than not we use gestures to state that we’re happy or sad and it often includes hugging. It makes us healthier and happier. Family therapist Virginia Satir once said, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” While that may sound like a lot of hugs, it seems that many hugs are better than not enough (I mean, is there even a thing as a lot of hugs?).

Even a 10-second hug can improve your health. Results of the study “Meanings of hugging” from Lena Forsell and Jan Åström identified several impacts a 10-second hug can have to your health: Lower risk of heart disease, fight infections, stress reduction, fight fatigue, boost your immune system, ease depression.

Cuddling and hugging help deepen your relationships. Communication is important in relationships, but people often forget how effective and meaningful touch can be. And now that it’s winter, we all know how much warmth a hug can bring you.

Here are a few Illustrations of hugs that would make you crave one right away while you’re tucked in your blanket:

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???? MOOD. I love this season! You get get to put on large hoodies and big socks, while drinking a tea and you don’t ever care about it; because it’s rainy and cold outside! Plus you get to sing out loud to Christmas songs. And it’s the best ? __ J’adore cette saison. Tu peux t’emmitoufler dans ton gros pull avec tes chaussettes toutes douces et ne pas t’en vouloir. Bah oui il pleut et il fait froid dehors ! Et puis c’est totalement admis de chanter des chansons de Noël maintenant non ? __ S+C taking a bath after their elopement Team: @nathmajenia @jaunepivoine @asb_photo @fgmaquillage @maisonmaelie @paulette_a_bicyclette @mignonnehandmade @sarahrnoesis @cedric.vignandel @emmanuel_aa @chaletnantailly __ #couplesession #seancecouple #photographerslife #workingforyourself #blackandwhite #lookslikefilm #grainyphoto #intimatesession #intimatephotoshoot #chaletnantailly #elopeinfrance #mountainelopement #mountainelopementphotographer #semarieralamontagne #mariagealamontagne #photographelyon #photographemariagelyon #photographemariageparis #photographemariagebordeaux #ukweddingphotographer #alternativeweddingphotographer #bohobride #hugsmakeeverythingbetter #sweaterseason #edinburghweddingphotographer #irelandweddingphotographer #barcelonaweddingphotographer #letsgetmarried #futuremariee2020 #bridetobe2020

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“Get in here, I’m a hugger!” ⠀ .⠀ .⠀ Has anyone ever said this to you in lieu of a handshake when you first meet them? We have come to the conclusion that there are two types of people out there..shakers and huggers. Leo and I are both huggers and have always been! Now, dont get us wrong, There is nothing wrong if you don’t want to open your arms up and embrace a stranger! We totally get that and of course we aren’t going around hugging everyone we meet! We see how it can be unwanted physical contact or can be seen as disrespectful or an invasion of space — In general, we use our best judgement. But it got us thinking… why do we feel the need to get that close in the first few moments of meeting someone? Research shows that hugging is extremely effective at healing sickness, disease, loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress…Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger. And let’s be honest some people just need a hug. Huggers tend to see these gestures as warm and welcoming. Hugging someone right after meeting them shows them that you’re a kind person who’s open and friendly — for example, Upon meeting our landlord for the first time and looking at our place, we said goodbye and gave her a hug. When she called to say she wanted US to move in her reasoning behind it was “you gave me a hug” — We are obviously hug advocates and are just looking to spread the love one hug at a time ???⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ So the question remains, when you first meet someone new, are you a hugger or a shaker?

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21 Ιανουαρίου: Παγκόσμια μέρα αγκαλιάς. Η ιδέα προήλθε το 1986 από τον φοιτητή Kevin Zaborney, ο οποίος έψαχνε ακόμη έναν τρόπο ώστε να προσφέρουμε αγκαλιές στους ανθρώπους που αγαπάμε. Οι ειδικοί τονίζουν πως μόνο 10 δευτερόλεπτα αγκαλιάς είναι αρκετά για να μειωθεί η αρτηριακή πίεση και οι ορμόνες του στρες και να αυξηθούν οι ορμόνες της ευεξίας, όπως η ωκυτοκίνη.? Ειδικά σήμερα χαρίστε μια αγκαλιά στους αγαπημένους σας! #hugs #humansofkalamata #world

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Just hugs! ♥️

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We don’t always pay to stay at campgrounds but when we do… ? ??‍♀️ Also, let’s talk about hugs for a second…? Do you get a hug every day? If not, you need it! It’s literally on my newest to-do list. ? . Sound crazy? Well I have been driving myself crazy for almost 2 years with how to balance this lifestyle of freedom + flexibility with wanting to build a business and hustle to earn remote income to support our dream life ?. . ??‍♀️I’d beat myself up over what did or did not get done each day. My productivity was measured by how many ✅ I had. . And I know I’m not the only perfectionist out there who is super hard on themselves! ??‍♀️So if that sounds like you, you gotta read my latest post about 10 simple to-do’s to ensure everyday is a GOOD DAY ☀️ . ?Spoiler: it has little to do with work and a lot more to do with life! It’s helping me tremendously and I hope it can help you, too! #linkinbio? . Now go read it and go get a hug!! ? ? L

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Sending you virtual hugs!!!