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'Hug Doctor' Preaches Benefits of 21-Second Hug

February 13, 2018 - 2:43 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A local psychologist who goes by the name of "the Hug Doctor" is singing the therapeutic praises of the hug this Valentine's week.  

Dr. Stone Kraushaar says a good, 21-second hug can help lower blood pressure, reduce stress and help your relationships.
"When you slow down on Valentine's Day and have 20-second or longer hug with your partner, it's epic," he says. "I'm telling you that it's something beyond any other hug that you've experienced."
Kraushaar says he's embarking on a 21-day hug challenge, looking for ways to spread good will -- and hugs -- for 21 days straight.