Do you ever feel like you need a hug? Hugs are good for you. It is thought that hugs help lower a person's blood pressure. They can also help you if you are sad. A hug from someone you love reminds you that you are special.

You may have some good memories of cuddling with or hugging your parents, grandparents, or even a pet. There is something special about being close to someone you love. You feel safe and appreciated.

Hugs are good to give, as well. Perhaps a friend is sad today. Putting your arm around his or her shoulder can provide comfort. Or, you might consider hugging an elderly person. That can brighten someone's day.

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