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Meaningful hugs

As we go about our days, we may lend quick hugs to friends, family members or even new acquaintances. But when was the last time you really hugged somebody?

In a recent video for Glamour magazine, people in various types of relationships are asked to hug one another for four minutes straight. The participants include two friends, new parents, a mother and daughter duo, and more.

 

Why? “Hugging is said to release Oxytocin and Dopamine – which relieves stress, increases pleasure and improves social bonding,” Glamour reports in the video.

With that, each pair joins for a four-minute hug and then reacts to the experience on camera.

In addition to releasing plenty of tears, the participants also talk about their emotions, speaking to one another about the importance of their relationships.

“It’s a simple thing, but I really hope that like, in 50 years time we’ll like, still talk the way we talk today,” Amanda tells her friend, Oren.

“Hope? Will,” Oren replies.

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Happy reunions

After Cora the dog gave birth, she didn’t know where her puppies had gone. Scared, shy and unwilling to interact with anyone, the caretakers at the Marin Humane Society in Novato, California, didn’t know what to do. But they reunited this mother with her four pups, and her reactions once she sees her adorable “kids” is priceless.

Awesome!

 

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Connecting unlikely friends

In most cases, college dorms and retirement homes are worlds apart — but a group of young musicians are getting the best of both worlds. At Judson Manor, a retirement community in Cleveland, housing is provided for music students at no charge, in exchange for performing recitals for the older residents. This unique arrangement has led to amazing friendships such as the one between Tiffany, 26, and Laura, 80.

Awesome!

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Funny fake news conferences

Once again, the folks at Improv Everywhere took strangers by surprise — this time, with a fake news conference. Microphones on a podium against the New York Public Library backdrop drew strangers in. Once given the cue, security guards and journalists swarmed the surprised (and good-humored) subject with questions of a ridiculous nature. It’s a few minutes of fun bound to make you smile.

Awesome!

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Showing empathy in the midst of fright

Being robbed is a nightmare situation. Most of us don’t even want to consider how we would react if it happened to us, but social worker Julio Diaz was heading home from work in the Bronx when he was held up at knifepoint by a young teenager. Instead of reacting in a frightened or angry way, Julio responded with an incredible and potentially life-changing level of empathy. This short film created by StoryCorps, in conjunction with Upworthy, tells his story. It is AWESOMELY worth the time to watch it.