HUGGING! Helpful, Healing, or Back Off! GUEST: Dr. Stone Kraushaar
HUGGING? Love it? Hate it? Only for really close people? Hug everybody?
Big questions! Hugging has had a renaissance in the last twenty years, and has even found its way into corporate culture. Should it be there? Is it appropriate?
I know people have some strong feelings about hugging. How about you?
This conversation with Dr. Stone covers all the bases of hugging how's, why's, and why not's.
According to Healthline.com :
"Hugs may boost your heart health.
Hugging can be good for your heart health. In one study, scientists split a group of about 200 adults into two groups:
- One group had romantic partners hold hands for 10 minutes followed by a 20-second hug with each other.
- The other group had romantic partners who sat in silence for 10 minutes and 20 seconds.
People in the first group showed greater reductions in blood pressure levels and heart rate than the second group.
According to these findings, an affectionate relationship may be good for your heart health."
What does hugging do for you?
Well, aside from the "feel good" aspects of it, Dr. Stone says great benefits are that it brings acceptance and connection. He tells us how a 20 second hug can actually do good--measurably good--things for our health.
HIGHLIGHTS OF TODAY'S EPISODE:
- Why have we replaced the handshake with the hug so often?
- Do we need permission to hug?
- Should others ask before hugging us if they are not very close to us?
- Why would you not hug?
- What the heck are "cuddle parties?"
- How can a person use hugging if they are not with other humans at the moment?
- Hugging in the workplace???
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GUEST: DR. STONE KRAUSHAAR
Dr. Stone is a psychologist and therapeutic coach completely taken by the power of hugs and the difference they can make for each of us individually and in the world. AKA the The Hug Doctor, he passionately professes there really are no strangers - we all share a profound connection.
The Hug Doctor wants nothing more than for each of us to live a life full of joyful hugging that includes hugging ourselves, hugging our families, hugging our friends and hugging the world. He is a staunch advocate for longer hugs and more meaningful and inspirational hugs. Some hugs are literal while others are metaphorical.
He says the hug is a brilliant tool for knocking down walls within ourselves as well as those that divide us from each other. You will catch him on 21-day hugging journeys and inspiring others about what we can create together in the ‘space of a hug.’
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Not at this time, but he suggests you give away hugs!
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