psych-facts: Hugs that last over twenty seconds, release a chemical in your body called “Oxytocin”, which makes you trust the person you’re hugging more. “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth” - Virginia Satir, family therapist Hugging someone is a way of showing that we care, and for both the hugged and hugger, it feels good. When growing up, we recognize our parents initially through sense of touch.