Happy national hugging day to you all! Hugs are what keeps me going in life. In fact, when I think about it, my favorite people give the best hugs. Scientists tell us that as humans we cannot develop properly without the presence of another human being. With that, hugs are one of the best ways to make your presence known.
Politicians know the power of hugging! Why do you think they hug babies and adults alike? Because it connects you on an intrinsic level to the person you hug. In short, it is a fantastic bonding experience. Plus, it has positive effects that stay with you a longer time than the actual hug.
3 Top Reasons Why Hugging is so Good for You
① Happy Hugging Releases Oxytocin
Starting off, we all know how reassuring hugs are – right? But, do you know that the body releases the human hormone Oxytocin when you hug someone? Just think for a moment about the warm, fuzzy feelings you get when you cuddle your fur baby or kiss a baby’s cheek.
➳ The Love Hormone
Some people even call it the “love hormone”. Interestingly, those feelings are your body’s reaction in which it produces higher levels of oxytocin while you are actively hugging someone and for some time after.
➳ Helps People Bond
One study shows that people actually trust strangers more with their emotions and their cash after a dose of oxytocin! Another study shows that after a dose of oxytocin nasal spray, a group of male college students were more inclined to share their emotions about painful memories with a stranger.
② Happy Hugging Balances Your Immune System
Interestingly, another benefit of hugging is that it balances out your immune system. This happens when the galvanic skin response shows a change in skin conductance. This affects the level of electricity and moisture in the skin which promotes a state of parasympathetic balance in the nervous system.
So, hugging really does strengthen and balance your immune system. This happens when you apply gentle pressure on the sternum through the act of hugging. Then, the emotional charge this creates activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. In turn, this stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy.
Hugging = Health & Happiness
③ Lower Your Stress Level Through Happy Hugging
It’s commonly known that cortisol is a stress hormone. However, hugging actually combats cortisol. Of course, this applies to any type of human touch, not just hugging. It might be holding someone’s hand or even just a simple touch. In any case, this action of touching another human or even your fur baby counteracts the physiological effects of stress. Now, that’s something we can all use!
“Researchers found those who were hugged were less affected by “conflict exposure,” or interpersonal conflict, than those who weren’t hugged. The gender of the huggers didn’t matter, and neither did the context of the relationship (romantic, familial or platonic).”The Health Benefits of Hugging
It is my sincere wish that you are able to soon benefit from happy hugging your loved ones – or anyone for that matter. Some of us are still in quarantine and wishing for the day when we can hug our family! I know I am…but, don’t forget those fur babies are great for hugging too!