Sometimes you just need a hug. Sometimes you pay money for one. | KNKX

Sometimes you just need a hug. Sometimes you pay money for one.

Feb 2, 2019

Paul Currington had more or less given up on the idea of love. Breakups in Paul's adult life had ranged from awkward to heartbreaking, and had taken their emotional and physical tolls on him. 

Then one day, Paul was watching the news, and he saw an interview with a professional cuddler. 

"I had never heard of such a thing, but it was all legit. It was all above board, about touch therapy and making people feel loved. And before the interview is even over, I'm online at, and I am booking an appointment."

Two weeks later, Paul found himself in Portland for his first session. He met with his cuddler, having no idea what he was getting into. Paul was a little overwhelmed, and then his cuddler started asking questions, including what he hoped to get out of the session.

"And I knew what the answer was. But I didn't want to say it. It was too embarrassing," Paul said. "I wanted to say, 'All my life, there has been this big hole right here in my chest. This big, big hole, and I've never been able to fill it. And I've tried everything, and I don't know what to do, and I don't think I can go much longer like this.' But you can't say that. So I started babbling again and I said 'You know, I hope I just don't cry in the middle of this.' And she leaned forward, and took both of my hands, and she said, 'Paul, it's going to be OK.' " 

Paul Currington shared his experience in a live storytelling event. Listen to the audio above to hear about how that session went, how it resulted in more sessions, and the way that it helped Paul fill that hole in his chest.