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Can a hug make a difference in our mental health? What are “self-hugs”? What is it about physical touch that is so healing? Dr. Stone Kraushaar, also known as the “Hug Doctor” says that hugs can be a game-changer for our mental wellbeing and shares with us why we underestimate the power of a hug.

Dr. Kraushaar is a clinical psychologist who was originally practicing therapy at college campuses. A few years ago he felt a strong shift and began his own personal development journey. After experiencing the transformation of giving hugs to strangers he set out on a mission to study and teach the connection between us all through the power of hugging.

In this enlightening conversation, Dr. Hug shares with us why he recommends 21-second hugs, why we should be “radically transparent”, and why he believes that “all people share a profound human connection”. Even if you do not believe yourself to be “a hugger” this episode will help you to rethink what human connection looks like and give you ideas on the variety of ways that you can both give and receive hugs.

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Topics Discussed:

Why we should “hug ourselves”
Why we need a “hug accountability partner”
Why longer hugs are the most transformative

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