Why You Need To Give and Receive a Hug Immediately!
So apparently it’s National Hug Day here in the US, and boy is it needed here with tension levels rising as people return to work after the holidays, or as for many parts of America, because it’s just so damn cold!
But hugs should be a prominent feature of our daily routine. Research shows that hugging, just like laughter, is extremely effective for healing sickness, loneliness, depression, anxiety, disease and stress.
A deep front on heart to heart hug can benefit you in the following ways:*
1. Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels which decreases feelings of anger, loneliness and isolation.
2. A nice long hug can boost serotonin levels which elevates moods creating happiness.
3. Hugs can build trust and a feeling of safety which can lead to honest and open communication.
4. Gentle pressure of the sternum during a hug activates the Solar Plexus Chakra, stimulating the thymus gland which regulates and balances white cell production, hence boosting our immune system.
5. Hugs can relax muscles and relieve pain by increasing blood circulation to soft tissues.
6. Hugs balance out the nervous system. There is a galvanic skin response when giving and receiving a hug which shows a change in skin conductance, affecting moisture and electricity in the skin. This basically shows a more balanced state in the nervous system.
7. Hugging boosts self-esteem. There is a somatic connection to our hug-filled childhood years, when we felt most loved by our parents and family. This triggers our ability to self love.
8. Similar to meditation and laughter, hugs teach us to let go and be present in the moment. This connects us to our heart, feelings and breathing.
9. Hugs teach us to give and receive. There is an equal value between being receptive to warmth and giving or sharing that warmth.
10. Hugging creates synergy between people, meaning the whole equals more than the sum of it’s parts leading to more win win situations. Group hug everyone!!!
* adapted from 10 Reasons Why We Need at Least 8 Hugs a Day by Marcus Julian Felicetti