Health Watch: Hugs for Health

By Jana Fagotti
October 9, 2003

Four hugs a day are necessary for survival; eight are good for maintenance and 12 for growth. Ten minutes of handholding with a romantic partner can dramatically reduce a high stress level.

In a study done by Virginia Stir, a therapist, social worker and author, she recommended that four hugs are a necessity in everyone’s life. “The pores are places for messages of love on the human body and physical contact is very important,” Stir said.

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Jana Fagotti

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