Feeling lonely? Just want to receive a hug off somebody? Anybody? Well you're in luck - there may be a 'cuddle party' near you!
Started back in February 2004 to be a "playful social event" for adults to explore their boundaries and experience affection, the Cuddle Party is a non-profit organization that organizes events where people can cuddle and converse.
Anyone can attend the events, which are hosted in a safe environment. Single people, couples, and even families are reported to attend such events, which can involve hugging, massaging, spooning, and puppy-piling.
Hugging is an intimate gesture that has under-the-bonnet effects on our physiology. It releases chemicals that help us feel relaxed and at ease. Some scientists have claimed that hugging can have the same neurological effect as painkillers.