What is it about a comforting hug from a Teddy bear? French researchers found that the emotional bond one shares with their own teddy bear elicits a strong perception of comfort. For their study, they looked at participants’ experience with their own Teddy bears vs strange bears’ physical and sensory characteristics to determine if they make a bear more comforting. Unsurprisingly, participants preferred their own bears over a “stranger bear.” The results of their 2022 study were independent of participants’ age, meaning plushies can provide comfort at all stages of life.
That explains the connection we feel with our plush toys—even as adults. But what about what to do with our collections of stuffed toys? We can help. Keep reading for creative plush display ideas to keep them organized and keep the nostalgic feelings flowing.