The defence Roger Sutton failed to use


Scientists have revealed that hugging is good for our health, helping to prevent infection and relieve stress.

They say just a cuddle or squeeze is enough to reduce illness symptoms and the more you do it, the greater the effect.

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in the US quizzed 400 people about their personal conflicts and the sort of support they received.

They then exposed them to a common cold virus and put them in quarantine.

The results showed that people who felt well-supported by family and friends were less likely to fall victim to infection due to stressful situations.

And hugs were responsible for one-third of the protective effect of social support.

Those who felt supported – and received more hugs – experienced less severe illness symptoms regardless of the amount of stress they were under.

Sheldon Cohen, Professor of Psychology, said: “This suggests that being hugged by a trusted person may act as an effective means of conveying support.

Ah… trusted person. ¬†Ok, perhaps not then.

Tell you what, having a dog or a cat around works in similar ways.

Have you hugged someone today?


– NZ Herald


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  • Kelvin

    From the age of 16, to when I was say, 30, I would probably get hugged less than once a year. Even now, I only get hugs from my kids. They’ll grow out of that soon enough. I can live with that.

  • EveryWhichWayButLeft

    I hugged my boys before I dropped them off at their mums today so I could get a proper hug, not a car hug. Even though they’re now old enough to think hugging dad is very uncool, they do it to humour me – and I would never shame them by insisting on a hug in public :D

    For me, it’s exactly as described above – to convey to them my support, my love and to physically demonstrate the bond we have. When they’re here I hug my boys every day without fail – I miss them already.

  • unitedtribes

    Which makes the ebola situation all that sadder

  • Chris

    I hug my sons when I see them. Not that often as they live in different places in the world but we all get a buzz out of it. 2nd son, now 30 used to be a bit standoffish about it especially when he was at boarding school. But is great now. I sometimes wonder what the daughters in law think but it makes us feel good. Started when their mother died when they were 18, 14 and 8.

    • Groinpiece

      I always hug my son as my Dad couldn’t bring himself to hug me when I was young. This changed when my Mum died. We hugged a lot after that.

  • Chris EM

    I hug my dogs a lot. The Lab is a very good reciprocator, although her dew claw in the back of my neck can hurt a bit sometimes.

  • caochladh

    The boy and I always have a parting hug, besides Tony Soprano was always hugging someone,

  • willtin

    Dear Doctor, My Dad keeps wanting to hug me. Is this normal on Christmas Day? I’m nearly 60 and he’s over 80.

    • Nige.

      its funny how we go from having children and then they go through that adolescent phase where they are nearly like a “worst enemy” and then they grow into adults and we think of them as mates once they’ve proven themselves. I would guess the next step could be that your Dad sees you more like a brother than a son?

      I wonder if anyone in that age could confirm that.

      • willtin

        Yeh, nah.
        Mates, yes. Always a son, not a brother.