Were you aware that hugging is good for your health?? Well, it is true so reach over and give the person nearest to you a big hug. You have just increased your level of the "love hormone" oxytocin. It helps to increase your hearth health and more. Offer your loved one a 20 second hug, and 10 minutes of hand holding and it has just helped you relieve a bit of stress. Stress as we all know can have bad effects for our health. But hugging has been shown to reduce levels of stress hormone.
Lower risk of heart disease Stress reduction Fight fatigue Boost your immune system Fight infections Ease depression
Studies have found that one third of people receive no hugs on a daily basis but would like to have a hug. Cuddle therapy centers have developed because of those looking for human attention. It is not clear on whether or not cuddles from strangers have the same impact as someone you know. As a youth director I had a young man that would carry around a sign that said "free hugs" He offered everyone he saw a free hug. You would be surprised how many hugs he received.
Studies have shown that children who do not get hugs have delays in walking, talking, and reading. A hug has an immediate impact on health by lowering heart rate and inducing a calming effect and leads to an upbeat mood
The person offering hugs have just as much benefit to the person giving hugs as the person who is being hugged. Touch is an universal language that can communicate distinct emotions with starting accuracy. Hugs can relieve emotions such as anger, fear, disgust, love, gratitude and sympathy.
Regular hugs have the benefit to release oxytoxin. Oxytocin decreases the level of stress hormones. Thus regular hugs can reduce craving of drug and alcohol addiction, as well as the desire for sweets. Oxytocin help reduce inflammation and aides in wound healing. Regular hugs can lead to:
Hug your spouse or significant other, children, family members and friends will lead you to more hugs. Getting a pet is another way to cuddle and get hugs. Just a few minutes petting your dog or cat can promote the release of "happiness" hormones.