The history of hugging as a social practice is innate. The physical act of hugging a person shows protection, intimacy, care, and affection. Do you know that there is an arm of meditation known as “mindful hugging,” by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh? It says: You hug for the span of three breaths. The first one honors your presence in that moment; the second one honors the other person, and the third one is dedicated to the feelings of happiness and gratitude that arise from your togetherness. So, just in case you needed another reason, here are the health benefits of hugging someone.