The Healthy Benefits Of Hugging And Why We Need It More Than Thrice A Day




Hugs have a way of making us feel warm and fuzzy inside. Aside from making us feel protected and loved, this touching gesture can also do wonders for our well-being.

Hugging therapy is definitely a powerful way of healing. Research shows that hugging is extremely effective at healing sickness, disease, loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress.

There is a saying by Virginia Satir, a respected family therapist, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.”

So whether it's a simple squeeze, a big bear hug or some cute cuddling -- there are plenty of reasons why we should embrace the act of, well, embracing someone.

Here are seven reasons why we should hug more.

1. The nurturing touch of a hug builds trust and a sense of safety. This helps with open and honest communication.

2. Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.
3. Holding a hug for an extended time lifts one's serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.

4. Hugs strengthen the immune system. The gentle pressure on the sternum activates the Solar Plexus Chakra which stimulates the thymus gland, the one responsible the body's production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy and disease free 

5. Hugging boosts self-esteem. 

6. Hugging relaxes muscles. Hugs release tension in the body. Hugs can take away pain by increasing circulation into the soft tissues.

7. Hugs balance out the nervous system. The response of someone receiving and giving a hug shows a change in skin conductance. The effect suggests a more balanced state in the nervous system.

The simple act of hugging is such an incredible way to not only bond with others but also boost your physical, and emotional, health. 

(Source: Mindbodygreen)
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