This comment was made by Richard H. Gatley on the post “10 Scientific Reasons Why You Need to Cuddle Someone ASAP” by Steve Horsmon.
After several years of training in clinical psychology at Michigan State University, I remember teaching my father and both of my older brothers how to hug, full body hugs that lasted at least 10 seconds. My father struggled at first, he was an old school handshaker, but I laughed until he began to laugh as well. After that, it became a tradition among us males to hug one another. My mother had always been a wonderful hugger. Later, my children carried on the tradition. My wife and I find ways to touch or hug one another throughout the day and always before we sleep. As a therapist, I always made it a practice to hug my patients.
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