• Deanne Panday

Heal Through Hugs

Hugs are universally used to express love and comfort whether it is a happy affair or a sad one. The warmth of hugs automatically makes everything better. Just as hugs are great for emotional support, they have various physical benefits too. Hugs can make you happier as well as healthier. A 10-second hug a day can lead to biochemical and physiological reactions in your body that can significantly improve your health. So here are more reasons to Hug your loved ones.

Benefits of hugging :

1. Hugs Help you communicate better.

Communication generally takes place through verbal or physical interaction. At times we might not be able to express certain emotions by the use of words. This is where hugs play an important role. They are comforting and communicative.

2. Stress relief

Hugging someone when they are stressed can reduce the stressed state of their mind. Studies show that human touch can reduce stress to a great extent. It relieves the person who is receiving a hug as well as who is giving a hug.

3. Boosts immunity

Stress is one the of most obvious culprits of a weak immunity. As established earlier, Hugs help reduce stress a great deal. The lack of stress, combined with the sense that you are emotionally supported makes boosting your immunity a whole lot easier. Research shows, people who receive more hugs are less susceptible to diseases compared to the people who don’t. So don’t hesitate in giving your loved ones some extra hugs.

4. Lessens the feeling of isolation and anxiety

Hugs help you bond and socially interact with people. It arises the feeling of compassion, empathy and trust. Thus helps you feel less lonely or isolated. Hugs also trigger the release of dopamine, and thus helping with mood disorders.

5. Relaxes Muscles

Hugs help in loosening tight muscles. As a result, it releases muscular tension and leaves you in a more relaxed state. This is one of the most immediate benefits of hugging.

6. Elevates your mood

Oxytocin is a chemical in our bodies that scientists sometimes call the “cuddle hormone.” This is because its levels rise when we hug, touch, or sit close to someone else. Oxytocin is associated with happiness and less stress. Increase in oxytocin involves various health benefits. Hugs activate this powerful hormone.

7. Great for your heart

Hugs are great for your heart health. Hugging can lower both the heart rate and the production of cortisol, a stress hormone that can wreak havoc on your health. With stress reduced to a great extent, hugs make the functioning of your heart better.

8. Helps with pain or illness

Hugging is a form of touch that helps in reducing pain. Hugs also release endorphins, which block pain pathways and increase circulation to soft tissues. The stress reducing attributes of hugging also has its effects on your sickness. It facilitates a healthier support system. This in turn, lowers the severity of illness symptoms.

So, how many hugs should you have a day for optimal health? According to the best science, we should have as many as possible if we want to reap the greatest positive effects. Positive interactions with your close friends and family or even your pet can bring many health benefits other than its feel good factor. So go ahead, spread love and good health through hugs!

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