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Take time to hug

We live in a world where there are too many things to do and too little time in which to do them. We are constantly rushing through life, trying to get through one thing and on to the next thing. We have so many distractions in life. All of these amazing technological advances have given us the ability to be more connected than we've ever been before, and yet we are emotionally more disconnected than we've ever been before. When is the last time you even took time to hug someone you love?

Soul singer Jesuton hugs a friend in her dressing room prior to performing at the historic Teatro Rival on June 4, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

Not the quick, passing, obligatory hug. Not a meaningless greeting hug. A real hug. A true expression of what you mean to them and what they mean to you. When?

Downy released a video to remind people of the power of hugs in our lives and relationships. The video showcases the connection hugs help to enhance between people like the siblings, friends and partners shown in this video.

Click here to watch the video: Be More Huggable with Downy.

Some people say they are "a hugger" and others say they are "not a hugger". But the truth is, everyone wants and needs a hug at some point or another, especially from someone they love. It may be a friend, a sibling, a parent, a child, or a romantic partner. But hugging is a big part of the human experience. There is scientific proof that hugging reduces stress, boosts self-esteem, aids in easing depression, and strengthen's the immune system. Studies show that the best hugs linger for about 20 seconds to cause the release of bonding hormones.

"Hugs like that, from anybody you love, kind of reminds you of what's really important... and what you have to be grateful for." -Be More Huggable with Downy video

So take a brief break from rushing through your daily tasks and hug someone you love. Really hug them where they can feel it.

Be sure to follow Downy on Twitter @Downy and join the conversation by using #HugMore.

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Also read: How to maintain a solid relationship with your sibling(s)

(This is not a paid endorsement for Downy or Downy products.)

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