Need a hug? Of course, you do! Hugging is one of the most effective ways that connect humans to each other very easily. One simple hug can actually reveal how you feel, affect how the other person feels, and create a wonderful bond between the huggers and hugged ones.
Health websites may not tell you this but when you reach to hug a dear person, you won’t only feel amazing, but you’ll get many other mind-blowing health benefits as well.
Scientists have found that when you hug someone you care about your body produces the hormone oxytocin into your bloodstream. The latter hormone “the love hormone” induces feelings of pleasure or love as it travels through the bloodstream.
Hugs keep teaching everyone of every age how to give and receive, shine and help others shine, and they also help us appreciate the magnificent way in which love can overflow back and forth. After all, you cannot give a hug without receiving one!
Follow me through the next pages to learn more about the incredible health benefits that deep hugging can offer, even just one hug per day! (Along with some golden rules to be the perfect hugger.)
#1 – Hugs Combat Depression
The generously caring touch of hugging someone you care about will make you feel safe and create a sense of trust, making you feel more comfortable and willing to let go of your “toxic” feelings.
Scientifically, a hug can immediately elevate oxytocin level in your body, which will heal feelings of anger, isolation, and loneliness as well as many
Hugging can successfully help fight depression. Actually, it is essential for your emotional health. Feeling good on an emotional level can help your body release and elevate the mood-enhancer hormone Serotonin, which serves as a natural antidepressant.
#2 – Hugs Improve Our Little Ones’ Health and Wellbeing
As little kids, a hug was most often linked to comfort and appreciation that represent loads of love. The importance of hugging for a healthy physical and emotional development is tremendous and should never be neglected or underestimated.
Babies, and even dogs and cats, who receive little to none human touch will definitely not thrive; the lack of hugs can make them get depressed and probably even stop eating altogether.
Many parents are concerned that by hugging the kid who is having an outburst, they are praising or encouraging bad behavior, but in fact, this is not true! Science has it that hugs are great for children’s emotional health and nothing compares to a loving hug from mummy or daddy to calm down a child in no time.
When the kid is experiencing an emotional breakdown, it means that they simply lost control over their emotions. So hugging them would release the amazing oxytocin in their little bodies and help avoid a terrible emotional crash.
#3 – Hugs Lower Stress, Anxiety, and Infections
It turned out that all you need is a daily hug to help you keep away stress-related infections, such as flu and cold, through strengthening your immune system. When hugging, the soft pressure on the chest due to physical contact releases oxytocin, which decreases levels of stress in the body.
In the dating and relationship world, you can easily take your partner for granted, argue, or struggle with some occasional financial problems (like a heavy loan), which would leave you feeling stressed. That’s when a hug comes to save the day and enable the couple to reaffirm their love, lowering stressful feelings and smoothing over any disagreement.
Moreover, since hugging promotes the release of oxytocin, which takes an important part in regulating levels of stress, anxiety, and blood pressure, it also means that hugs can help lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.
A study from the Carnegie Mellon Institute revealed that receiving a sincere, tight hug before experiencing a stressful situation (such as a medical test, important meeting or presentation, or probably even moving to another country) will help you stay calm.
An encouraging embrace is a wonderful way to help you better cope with stressful events and might be a great anxiety relief as well.
#4 – Hugs Relieve Pain
The hormone Oxytocin has analgesic effects that can lower pain severity. A tight hug promotes oxytocin release which enhances blood circulation, relaxes tense muscles, promotes blood flow to the soft tissues, and helps relieve pain and aches.
When we are in pain, we usually respond by rubbing and massaging the aching area. This natural touch can release enough oxytocin to make you ease your aches faster.
In case you’re feeling a bit lonely because your partner isn’t around for a few days or more, you can always benefit from a friend’s or relative’s hug to help you keep the blues at bay as well as boost your self-esteem.
#5 – Hugs Promote Brain Health
Hugs improve memory and brain health. When oxytocin is released via hugging, it promotes brain health and triggers the parasympathetic nervous system (the brain area responsible for sustaining energy.) Not only that, it also slows down the heart rate that has risen because of stress.
This clearly represents that hugs are such potent health boosters both mentally and physically, and the best part is that you can enjoy them each and every day.
#6 – A few important rules for huggers
If you are always ready to give hugs to almost everyone you may meet, then here are some things you should keep in mind.
– Pay attention to the other person’s body language before your rush into hugging them, you need to get positive signs that they are open to spontaneous embraces. This particularly applies to strangers, non-relatives, work colleagues, or casual acquaintances. Always make sure that the hug would be appropriate; on the right occasion and with the right person.
– When approaching the opposite gender with your loving hugs, you should be 100% sure that the person in front of you is comfortable to be embraced. Some women may not appreciate being embraced by men and vice versa. If the person is single, it may seem like you are hitting on them, so be careful when greeting them with a hug.
– In the context of the workplace, hugging your colleague is actually a bad idea, especially after the increasing concern about sexual harassment at work. Instead, try to show your care through appropriate, non-physical ways since a simple encouraging or farewell hug can be interpreted as harassment.
#7 – More Hugs, Better Health
Hugging should be a necessary daily ritual for everyone. Remember the guidelines and never forget to hug more, your health will thank you in the most beautiful ways there is.