A Visual Guide to the Benefits of Hugging

Unsplash photo by William Stitt

Unsplash photo by William Stitt

 

Over decades, many studies have been done that prove the positive psychological and physical effects of human touch—often received during a hug. In honor of National Hug Day, we did a quick search for <hug> on Unsplash and were quite taken back by the love we felt jumping out of the screen!

In today’s post, we feature some of our favorite Unsplash hugs alongside some pretty convincing reasons that we all should be giving out more of them.

 
Unsplash photo by Caroline Hernandez

Unsplash photo by Caroline Hernandez

 

Hugging from an early age has been proven to make us better learners…

 
Unsplash photo by Taylor L. Spurgeon

Unsplash photo by Taylor L. Spurgeon

 

and create a deeper intimacy in relationships.

 
Unsplash photo by Madi Robson

Unsplash photo by Madi Robson

 

A hug makes us feel safe and protected…

 
Unsplash photo by Hernan Sanchez

Unsplash photo by Hernan Sanchez

 

and can even boost our immune system.

 
Unsplash photo by Abo Ngalonkulu

Unsplash photo by Abo Ngalonkulu

 

Hugging has a calming effect on the body…

 
Unsplash photo by Sweet Ice Cream Photography

Unsplash photo by Sweet Ice Cream Photography

 

can reduce stress…

 
Unsplash photo by João Silas

Unsplash photo by João Silas

 

and even decrease violence between humans.

 
 

Most importantly — 
Giving a hug can increase our overall sense of happiness and wellbeing.

So, in honor of National Hug Day—and following the true Unsplash mission of free, unlimited sharing— the Community team (StephAnnieMartine and Alice) is sending you a free virtual hug to use as many times as you would like.

Pass it on.

 
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