The Science of Hugging and Not Hugging and More


sunny wright, founder and executive director of mindfulness first, shares links to an article with the science of hugging and not hugging and more.

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Full of science, devasting to read - The Exceptional Cruelty of a No Hugging Policy:

As anyone who’s ever witnessed a handoff to a babysitter or a drop-off at the first day of day care can attest, a hug or a snuggle from a sibling or trusted adult can be instrumental in relieving some of the anxiety, and even panic, associated with the departure of a parent. The research to confirm this goes far beyond anecdotes: According to decades of psychological study, positive touch from adults can not only lower stress levels in the moment, but can have long-term beneficial effects if administered regularly. And, relatedly, a consistent lack of positive touch has been shown to have detrimental effects on kids as they mature.  Read more.

And this one describes my argument with my family member yesterday and how I feel - I Don't Know How To Explain To You That You Should Care for Other People:

Like many Americans, I’m having politics fatigue. Or, to be more specific, arguing-about-politics fatigue.

I haven’t run out of salient points or evidence for my political perspective, but there is a particular stumbling block I keep running into when trying to reach across the proverbial aisle and have those “difficult conversations” so smugly suggested by think piece after think piece: I don’t know how to explain to someone why they should care about other people. Read more.


casey altman