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Hush Puppies believes in comfort, color, and optimism. After the past couple years, we believe comfort is more important than ever. Whether it’s a hug from your mom or a cozy pair of Hush Puppies slippers. Getting cozy, comfortable and connecting with others is important for our daily lives and well-being.

Family therapist Virginia Satir once said, “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”

It’s no secret that lately we’re not getting our recommended daily dose of hugs. In fact, many of us are struggling with a classic case of hug deficiency. In response to this lack of hugs, we’ve gathered a few facts about the comfy, cozy power of a hug to help you find a little bit of love in your every day.

Did you know?

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Cuddling with a pet can stimulate the brain’s production of oxytocin (the “love hormone”) in both you and your furry friend. – Messerli Research Institute

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When we squeeze each other, we provide deep pressure. Deep pressure is detected by receptors and sends a signal of safety to the autonomic nervous system. This turns down the anxiety we feel and turns up the calm. – Toho University

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It’s been proven that hugging for longer is actually better. When people hug for 20 seconds or more it creates a stronger bond and connection between the huggers, boosts the immune system and reduces stress. – Harvard

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So, this holiday season, hug your pet, your partner, or your vaccinated best friend and start feeling a little more optimistic.

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