“You are the best hugger.” Hear that many times? Empaths and highly sensitive people do. Our hugs stand out to those on the receiving end. We hug with gusto. We hug with sincerity. We hug with intimacy. We hug with deliberation. We can’t half hug. We hug you all the way (or not at all). Because we know the healing power of a warm embrace by instinct, and we are all in.

Hug means to embrace someone closely in your arms as a sign of affection and caring. Hug also means to accept and support someone. When you hug someone, it is not by accident. It is by design. You are stopping everything to reach out to someone and pull them close. You are singling each other out for support and connection.

When we embrace, there is an exchange of energy. We are literally heart to heart (a very intimate position). Because of this, empaths are a little careful about who they hug. The exchange of energy is palpable, so we want to be careful about what energies are infiltrating our hearts. We will absorb the energy we lay our hearts next to, so we will sidestep and avoid disingenuous and hurtful hugs and huggers.

We hug for healing. Hugs help us to release emotions and relax into the moment. They are reassurances that we will be all right. Embraces reduce stress and promote calm. Hugs reduce anxiety and promote happiness.

“So, how many hugs should you have a day for optimal health? According to the best science, we should have as many as possible if we want to reap the greatest positive effects. 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.” -Erica Cirino  @

So hug with intention knowing that every embrace is a connection and a gift.




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