Call Me Sister Celebrates National Hug Week

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Did you know you need 4 hugs a day for survival?  Double that for maintenance and a whopping 12 hugs a day are needed for personal growth?

It is all about an amazing hormone produced in our brains, oxytocin.  It is nature’s antidepressant and anti-anxiety fix, and we don’t need a prescription-we just need to hug somebody!  We need to hug them for 20 seconds-any type of hug will work, but the greatest benefits are in the heart -o-heart hug.

By hugging, you will increase you levels of oxytocin-which in turn, will reduce stress, lower your blood pressure, improve your circulation and lower your heart rate.  Those benefits will last about an hour-so do the math.  To keep your oxytocin high and your stress low, you need 8 hugs to get through the work day.  Work in 4 more and by the end of the day, you are on your way to happier, healthier you.

Grandma hugs from behind are the best-it literally wraps your little one in your arms.

Grandma hugs from behind are the best-it literally wraps your little one in your arms.

Hugging from behind works for precious great nieces as well!

Hugging from behind works for precious great nieces as well!

Excellent example of the "from the side hug." AND how the middle child always feels......

Excellent example of the “from the side hug.” AND how the middle child always feels……

Great Aunts getting sleepy babies to settle in requires the "from behind with a side arm hug."

Great Aunts getting sleepy babies to settle in requires the “from behind with a side arm hug.”

The sideways "bro hug" is great for photo ops.

The sideways “bro hug” is great for photo ops.

Father-Son photo hug. It doesn't require the space in the middle, but is often there for everybody's comfort.

Father-Son photo hug. It doesn’t require the space in the middle, but is often there for everybody’s comfort.

Full on Grandpa hug always brings a smile of contentment.

Full on Grandpa hug always brings a smile of contentment.

My sweet granddaughter dedicated her senior dance recital number to me. I had introduced her to the song, “I Hope You Dance.” After her spectacular performance to that song, she floated off the stage and gave me a flower-AND a hug.

Sisters hug-Mom and her youngest sister the last time they were together. Our Aunt Laura passed shortly after our visit.

Sisters hug-Mom and her youngest sister the last time they were together. Our Aunt Laura passed shortly after our visit.

And sometimes, the "puppy hug" is all I need. He is aptly named, Romeo.

And sometimes, the “puppy hug” is all I need. He is aptly named, Romeo.

Sisters hugs bring a smile no matter what age.

Sisters hugs bring a smile no matter what age.

Sisters hug-around, over and through. That's just how we rolled back then. and still do : )

Sisters hug-around, over and through. That’s just how we rolled back then. and still do : )