50 Reasons to be Grateful for Hugs


Hugs are the universal medicine.  ~Author Unknown

Hugs. Arms wrapped around another body, soul, human, or even yourself. Some people like to hug ice cream containers,  new pairs of shoes, pillows or a picture from a pleasant memory.
I love hugs. They are a special way to connect others that compares to nothing else. Seeing a friend without giving them a hug is like having freshly baked blueberry cobbler in front of me and telling me I cant have a single taste.
When I first consciously entered my journey of self-discovery and learning how to truly enjoy my life, I came across Leo Buscaglia, who is known as the hug doctor. I admired his love for hugs. After he presented his upbeat, kind, and inspiring talks about love, people would line up to share a hug with Leo.
I saw a video where, Nick Vujicic  breaks the world record for hugs. AND he was born without arms, nor legs. Proof we can all hug one another.
Hugs offer so much joy, fulfillment and love to our lives….and so much more! Here are  50 reasons why we can be grateful for hugs. I originally was going to write 20 but my mind kept coming up with so many more. I had to force myself to stop at 50. :) Enjoy!!
  1. Hugs can transform a bad day into a good day.
  2. A hug is easier than leapfrog and safer than skydiving.
  3. A hug can heal a heart.
  4. When we are feeling unlovable, a hug can make us feel loved.
  5. A hug can break down barriers that sometimes words cannot do.
  6. Hugs are a great way to strengthen family bonds.
  7. A hug can make you feel safe when you are worried.
  8. Hugs can speak more than any words can say.
  9. We bond with a hug.
  10. Hugs are dryer than most kisses and don’t leave lipstick stains.
  11. Hugs remind us that we are connected to each other.
  12. The hug implies a sense of trust that connects us with others.
  13. Having another person’s arms around us can make us feel unconditionally accepted.
  14. A hug can put a smile on someone’s face.
  15. Hugs are a perfect way to relax.
  16. A loving hug before a tough day could carry you through the challenges.
  17. We can find comfort with a hug.
  18.  Hugs can reduce the harmful physical effects of stress.
  19. Based on the results of research released by Psychosomatic Medicine, a warm hug can release oxytocin, a hormone associated with feelings of love and peace.
  20. Hugs show congratulations when someone tells us good news.
  21. Hugs make you feel warm on a chilly night.
  22. We establish human contact and interaction with a hug.
  23. The beauty of a hug is in its simplicity.
  24. You can never go into debt by giving a hug.
  25. Hugs are simple act of caring and kindness
  26. Hugs can help build a more compassionate world.
  27. Hugs make children feel loved.
  28. Hugs show children that you are there for them.
  29. Hugs make booboos feel better.
  30. Hugs can establish rapport.
  31. Hugs can symbolize that deep, non-broken relationship and to tell the other person that ” No matter how far away we are, we will be together always.
  32. Brigham Young University found that hugging a significant other can help lower high blood pressure.
  33. Hugs let you know that someone is there even when things get sticky.
  34. Hugs are excellent for making up after an argument.
  35. We desire to feel close to others and hugs make us feel close.
  36. When someone is sad, scared, or disappointed, hug can give a sense of comfort and safety
  37. Hugs can be reassuring of one’s love and care.
  38. Hugging is healthier than eating a gallon of ice cream or a bag of Doritos.
  39. A hug is like a handshake from the heart.
  40. Hugs can symbolize the excitement of a moment.
  41. A hugs can welcome you back home.
  42. Hugs promote positive emotions: “Touch affects the cerebellar brain system, an area of the brain where basic positive emotions such as trust and affection probably come from.” Linda Blair
  43. Whether you are short or tall, skinny, or overweight, you can give and receive a hug.
  44. Hugs are great reassurance before going our separate ways.
  45. Hugs can show how much you are missed.
  46. Hugs can show how much someone misses you.
  47. You can have a hug at anytime, even if no one is with you. Hug yourself.
  48. Hugging opens our heart allowing love to radiate out from it
  49. Hugs just feel so good.
  50. ________________________________________ This is for you to fill in. Tell me below why you are grateful for hugs below. :)
Hug someone today and show them how much you care. :)
Your Turn

Why are you grateful for hugs? What makes a hug so special to you?

Much love,

Joanne Cipressi, CHt, CNLP

Empowerment Coach and Speaker



  1. Fantabulous post, Joanne! I too am a HUGE fan of the hug system. 😀 There’s nothing like sharing a hug with a friend, family member, or a total stranger (if they allow it; they tend to frown on being walked up too and grabbed, nowadays.) 😉
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    • Deeone,

      Thanks so much! Yes, I agree there is nothing like hugging others! It is an amazing connection that I enjoy so much. I am amazed by how many strangers hug me after just a little short conversation at the grocery store or after talking with them at a convention. But, there are many, like you said, that tend to frown on it and I can understand. It is really hard to read some people’s intentions these days.

      A hug to you, Deeone!
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  2. Jodi Bordin

    Hugs can convey so many messages included in one huge hug! I have always been a hugger, especially with my family and friends…but along with hugs, a touch on the shoulder or arm can convey a caring message to those who may not wish to be hugged (however, I have never known anyone to nkot accept a hug!) Thanks for a really good post…it was sent to me by my daughter and it felt as though she was giving me one as I read it. Thank you for posting this and thank you to Susan for forwarding it to me. Hugs!

    • Jodi,

      Aren’t those some of the best hugs…those that have so many meanings. Afterwards you simply need to stand still to just take it all in. :) I love those little caring touches–they really do show another person how we feel and they can be so soothing to the one that receives them.

      I am so glad that your daughter sent you here and that you commented. It is so nice to read from others that enjoy the deeper connections with others. Sounds like you and Susan have such a lovely relationship. Many warm hugs to both of you. Hope to see you again. :)
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  3. I love hugs. In fact, when I managed a local coffee shop I took a chance and even hugged customers that were having bad days. That was when I noticed the value of a hug. So many friendships can develop, comfort given and the quiet reassurance that even though we may be strangers I’ve got you.

    Have you ever seen the free hugs video?
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    • Dionne,

      I LOVE that you hugged your customers at the coffee shop! We need so much more of that contact in our world! What a great gift you gave those people. You truly showed them that they mattered.

      Yes, I have seen those free hug videos. They bring me to tears at times. I use to post them on my Facebook wall. And now, thanks to you, I realize I am due to post another one as its been a while.

      Thanks so much for visiting! Hugs to you!
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