I woke up this morning, still feeling my heart open from a session with a client yesterday. Being held (and holding another) for an extended period of time has this amazing effect. It just does. Our bodies are designed to respond to being held chemically; they produce oxytocin and serotonin, both feel-good chemicals. Yet, as a culture, we seemed to be largely disconnected from this truth. Though we hug today than in previous decades, we don’t stay long enough to really allow the comfort of the hug to permeate us. So when you feel safe enough, with someone you know well enough…when you hug them, ask them to stay a while longer.