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Unsaid Benefits Of Hugging

Having a bad day? Down in the dumps? In a mood to cry your eyes out?

Go for a hug!


The physical act of hugging is protective, intimate, an exchange both physically and emotionally. In this current era of violent xenophobia , hugs can be escape to peace.

Psychotherapist Virginia Satir said: “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. "

There's a scientific reason as to why it feels so good to put your arms around someone dear to you. According to science, a good hug is the fastest way for you to get oxytocin flowing in your body. Oxytocin, also known as the “love hormone”, calms your nervous system and boosts positive emotions.


We all know hugs feel good, but here's a few health benefits of hugging you probably didn't know!


1. Improves Mental Health.


A healthy mind leads to a happy life. Hugging someone regularly can reduce stress levels.



2. Boosts Our Immune System.


It's a well known fact that stress can weaken our immune system. According to a new study, scientists at Carnegie Mellon University found that people with stronger social networks and those who hugged others more frequently had a lesser risk of infection. And of those who did get sick, more frequent hugs resulted in less severe symptoms.

Wanna avoid catching a cold this winter?

Find yourself a hug buddy !


3. Balances the nervous system.


A hug can actually restore balance in our nervous system. Shocking! Isn't it?

Hugging provides manual stimulation of the parasympathetic system.

It's 2018 and we're living on the edge. A fast paced lifestyle usually leaves us with stress and anxiety.

This causes the parasympathetic nervous system to stay inactive. Hugs provides manual stimulation of the parasympathetic system and restores the balance our nervous system lost.


4. Releases muscle tension.


Hugging someone you care for feels relaxing.

Doesn't it?

When you get into the 'relaxing mode' your body relaxes. And voila! The tension, aches and stress in your body has vanished. Also, healthy levels of oxytocin can lead to better energy conversion, and therefore better muscle repair and muscle growth.


5. Increases Serotonin Levels.


Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which is produced and spread by neurons in the brain.

Health issues such as depression and obesity have been linked to an imbalance in serotonin levels. Serotonin flows when we feel special or significant and the easiest way to feel special is by hugging!


6. Protects you against heart diseases.


The main cause of most cardiovascular issues are stress, depression and unhealthy lifestyle.

As we read above, hugs help you get rid of stress, anxiety and pumps you up with the feel good hormone oxytocin.

When there's no stress, the body functions in the way it was created to function and leaves health issues at bay.


7. Makes you feel happy.


We may have genes that make us more susceptible to depression, but the way we feel can be influenced by external actions, such as hugging.

It's the little things that brings a smile on our faces. I'd choose a hug session over a spa massage anyday!

What about you?


Tonight, before sleeping make sure you give a warm hug to your parents, husband, kids, siblings, cook or even your pet dog will do.

Happy hugging!












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