Dacher Keltner’s studies show that touch is the primary language of compassion, love, and gratitude—all positive emotions. Read all about the way that hugs make us feel better in Keltner’s terrific book, Born to Be Good, and in this essay. If you’ve no one to hug at the moment, watch this “Free Hugs” video. My guess is that it will make you happier today!

© 2011 Christine Carter, Ph.D.

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