“We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.” – Virginia Satir
You come home after a long day at the office, and the only thing you can think of is a long, hot bath. But suddenly, out of nowhere, you’re greeted with a warm, fuzzy hug. The weight on your shoulders slide off and you experience an overwhelming surge of happiness. That’s the power of a simple hug.
Something as ordinary as a hug has its share of health benefits besides its uplifting, euphoric effect. Here are 7 interesting facts about hugs you didn’t know about, and how it can change not just your mood, but overall health..
- Cuddling is Therapeutic
We’re all fond of cuddling with those we love but there’s more to this mushy act that many of us fail to indulge in more often. The next time you sit down to watch some television or get some sleep, cuddle with your partner or loved one to benefit from its nurturing touch. It can create feelings of security, appreciation, self-worth, love, trust, and happiness that, let’s face it, we all need. It also reduces the risk of heart disease and stress.
- Hugs Release Good Hormones
Not only is hugging an act of love and affection between two people, it’s a warm welcome gesture. Hugs have been found to increases the ‘love hormone’ oxytocin which has been found to deepen a bond between two people. It also helps release dopamine, the ‘happy hormone’.
- Hugs Are the Best Medicine
This free act of kindness and love has additional benefits that will want you to include hugging as part of your daily routine.
Reduces cortisol levels (stress hormone)
Releases endorphins (feel-good hormones)
Increases nerve activity
Lowers blood pressure
Improves immune system
Reduces heart rate
Boosts IQ level development in kids
- Hugs Can Beat Fear
Not only are hugs a weapon against illnesses, but also a force to use against fear. That’s why when a timid child runs into his mother’s arms, it is the comfort of her hug that shields him from harm. This is also seen in adults who run into each other’s arms for solace. No wonder hugs are so powerful!
- Hugs Strengthen Relationships
A hug, even when given during a fight, can soften the intensity of an argument in seconds. It has a sedative effect that allows the receiver and the giver, to experience a rush of emotions because of the proximity. A survey conducted in the US found that married couples who hugged often, were far less likelier to end in divorce.
- Hugs Can Make the Pain Go Away
Physical pain is dulled by the popping of an endless series of painkillers; with a hug, pain can partially or significantly dissipate. There’s no harm in reaching out to a loved one or friend in pain in the simplest, most genuine way possible: with a bear hug.
- Hugs Don’t Cost a Thing
Shyness, embarrassment, even the thought of performing something so intimate, makes many of us want to flee. Hugs are a judgement-free form of expression of one thing only: love. It doesn’t pay to show someone you care especially when all they need every now and then, is a big, tight hug.
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