- Jessica O'Neill is an Australian cuddle therapist
- Her job entails hugging people who are going through personal problems
- She makes up to $58,000 (R800,000) a year doing this
A woman from Queensland, Australia, makes up to $58,000 (R800,000) a year simply by hugging absolute strangers.
Jessica O'Neill makes a comfortable living as a cuddle therapist, according to Oddity Central. She does this through her company, The Connection Cure.
Her profession entails hugging people who are going through personal problems such as depression and loneliness.
Jessica initially started as a massage therapist and counsellor, Briefly.co.za gathered. However, she realised that her clients responded more positively whenever she gave them hugs:
I could see their anxiety and tension melt away. Then I could get to the core of their persona and do what I can to heal them.
Jessica charges her clients by the hour. Her sessions usually involve meditation, short conversations to help her clients open up, and hugging.
The therapist admitted that she has had a few "awkward" experiences because most of her clients are male. Luckily, they all know the boundaries and her husband doesn't mind as well.
In fact, business has been so good that Jessica recently roped in another cuddle therapist, Carla Allen, to help cope with the demand. She said she absolutely loves her job:
It’s so much more rewarding than just massage or counselling. I feel like it’s what I was put on this Earth for.
Watch a rib-cracking animated joke in the video below from our Briefly - South Africa YouTube channel.
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