Hugs during Covid-19

Lets face it, there are times when we all need a hug. And who knew they were so good for you: a hug provides stress relief, boosts your immune system, increases oxytocin in your brain (the “feel good” hormone), and communicates everything from happiness to fear to sympathy (according to Healthline).

The Family Therapist Virginia Satir once said, “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” (Healthline) This may be true, but for most Americans, it may seem a bit excessive. Believe it or not, Americans are not known for being particularly touchy-feely as compared with other countries. In Italy, a trio of kisses is the appropriate way to greet someone; in America, we’re lucky if we get a firm handshake. Some sources say westerners, especially Americans, are regularly touch-deprived. This is obviously especially true during the time of Covid-19 when hugs have become controversial – but still crucial for our wellbeing. (shorten paragraph)

One saving grace is animals. Animals typically don’t get Covid-19, they (usually) love to be pet and played with and the physical contact is good for everyone. Here at Berkshire HorseWorks, we feel especially lucky to have our two miniature Sicilian Donkeys to cuddle with whenever we get the urge. And they’re not shy in sharing: if you find yourself alone and in need of a hug, Bolt and Rodeo are here for you, too.

During this difficult time, if you’re looking for a place to steal a hug, give us a call at 413-698-3700 or shoot us an email at to set up an appointment to safely hug a Donkey!

Until next time,