Are you a handshake or a hug type of person?
Some people prefer the formal politician-style method of saying hello by pressing the flesh.
Meanwhile, others want to bring it in by throwing their arms around you.
Ah, don’t you miss doing either of these?
A simple cuddle is one of life’s small pleasures, a fact we’re all painfully aware of in these times of social distancing.
Now comedian Lou Sanders has launched a new podcast in which she chats to guests about their preferences for different hug-based scenarios.
If it sounds ridiculous that’s because it is – a fact Lou is well aware of.
The podcast was started as a bet, but surprisingly there’s a lot of mileage in the topic of cuddling.
How long is too long a cuddle? Do you like both your arms to be the “top” arms when you’re hugging, so you virtually have their arms round their neck?
Or bottom, so you’re hugging your cuddl-ee’s middle?
It is these questions Lou may or may not answer, as the podcast is mostly an excuse for pleasant and often funny chat with a fellow comedian.
“There are podcasts about everything – except cuddling,” explained Lou. “But don’t worry, we are rectifying this. Raise your serotonin by listening to people embrace.”
Guests on the podcast are the ever-reliable quiz guru and TV presenter Richard Osman, whose height and long arms must surely make you feel like you’re five years old again and being embraced by a nice teacher because you’re upset you’ve forgotten your lunch.
Other guests include Katherine Ryan, Rosie Jones and Ed Gamble.
Come and enjoy a cuddle before it’s outlawed completely.
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