The benefits of hugging
Im a sucker for HUGS !!! Nothing beats a good hug that feels warm, comforting, and for that moment when your engulfed in that warm wrap you can actually feel time stand still and for that time, nothing else matters ❤❤❤ ahhhhhh … what a beautiful feeling ☺ ! I been missing hugs lately and when I think of how good It always makes me feel I thought, there has got to be some great health benefits to this simple and free gesture ! A proper hug where your heart touches the other person’s heart ❤ can aid you with the following benefits:
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.
Oxytocin is the hormone responsible for us all being here today. You see this little gem is released during childbirth, making our mothers forget about all of the excruciating pain they endured expelling us from their bodies and making them want to still love and spend time with us.
When we hug someone, oxytocin is released into our bodies by our pituitary gland, lowering both our heart rates and our cortisol levels. Cortisol is the hormone responsible for stress, high blood pressure, and heart disease.
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 and the emotional charge this creates activates the solar plexus chakra . This stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy and disease free.
5. Hugging boosts self-esteem . From the time we’re born our family’s touch shows us that we’re loved and special. The associations of self-worth and tactile sensations from our early years are still imbedded in our nervous system as adults. The cuddles we received from our Mom and Dad while growing up remain imprinted at a cellular level, and hugs remind us at a somatic level of that. Hugs, therefore, connect us to our ability to self love.
6. Hugging relaxes muscles. Hugs release tension in the body. Hugs can take away pain; they soothe aches by increasing circulation into the soft tissues.
7. Hugs balance out the nervous system. The galvanic skin response of someone receiving and giving a hug shows a change in skin conductance. The effect in moisture and electricity in the skin suggests a more balanced state in the nervous system – parasympathetic.
8. Hugs teach us how to give and receive. There is equal value in receiving and being receptive to warmth, as to giving and sharing. Hugs educate us how love flows both ways.
9. Hugs are so much like meditation and laughter. They teach us to let go and be present in the moment. They encourage us to flow with the energy of life. Hugs get you out of your circular thinking patterns and connect you with your heart and your feelings and your breath.
10. The energy exchange between the people hugging is an investment in the relationship. It encourages empathy and understanding. And, it’s synergistic, which means the whole is more than the sum of its parts: 1 +1 = 3 or more! This synergy is more likely to result in win-win outcomes.
Sooo whether you’re getting a good squeeze from your bestie, your grandma, your sister, that adorable little baby cousin of yours or the dude you’re crushing on, I think we can all agree that hugging is awesome. It’s awesome because it feels good and it makes you smile, and it’s also awesome because it actually does a ton of stuff to your body that you didn’t know about. Okay, so actually, it’s technically not the actual hug that has these great benefits, it’s the hormone released when you hug someone. ❤ By now you should be mentally making a list of whom you can hug upon completion of this article.Find someone you love, someone you want to love, or someone that you’ve recently tried to tap out and give them a squeeze. They’ll appreciate it, and so will you. ☺☺☺