The warm, secure feeling that you get when you hug someone certainly makes you happy.
Imagine yourself hugging the ones you love, the joy, the coziness, surely reminded you of someone didn’t it?
Well, hugs are definitely UNDERRATED.
We might hug our close ones out of love, but did you know there are n number benefits of hugging?
From hormonal to physical to psychological, a hug can affect our entire body and of course in a positive way.
Even researches have been carried to understand the benefits of a hug, so it’s not a joke!
1. BOND OVER A HUG
We hug the people we love and it obviously strengthens the bond between two people. But did you know there is a hormone responsible for the same?
Hugging releases a hormone called oxytocin (often called as the ‘bonding-hormone’) from our brain. This hormone is responsible for promoting attachment in two human beings. Cool isn’t it?
2. RELIEVES PAIN
Hugging relaxes your muscles and release tension from your body. They soothe aches by increasing circulation in the soft tissues.
3. IT MAKES YOU FEEL SUPPORTED
A relationship expert explains a hug – “when we physically connect through a hug, it makes us feel emotionally and psychologically connected to the other person, calming us down and it shows support”
4. TREATS DEPRESSION
A simple act of hug can to wonders to someone in depression, psychologically and physically.
The biggest challenge for treating someone battling depression is isolation. Again comes the bonding-hormone in the play.
Cuddling and hugging, through oxytocin, heals any feelings of isolation, loneliness, sadness or anger.
5. STRENGTHENS IMMUNE SYSTEM
Hugging activates your Solar Plexus Chakra, stimulating the thymus gland, resulting in a balance in the production of white blood cells in the body, keeping you healthy.
6. HELPS LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE
Oxytocin is one wonderful hormone. In addition to other benefits, it is also believed to lower ones blood pressure and keeping it controlled.
7. TREATS ANXIETY
A simple human touch can mentally bring someone battling anxiety into a safer place. Imagine what a hug can do.
Hugs help them know that they are not alone, neither physically, nor mentally.
8. BENEFITS SIMILAR TO MEDITATION
Yes, hugging meditation is a thing.
When we hug, our hearts connect. Every time you hug someone, concentrate and acknowledge their presence, take 2 deep breathes and focus on feeling happy and grateful.
9. LOWER RISK OF INFECTION
During cold and flu, regular hugging keeps us healthy as they boost immune function and protest again infections.
10. BENEFITS A RELATIONSHIP
Hugging leads to exchange of energies between two people hugging. It encourages empathy, understanding and love between a couple.
11. ELEVATES MOOD
You know how you hug someone who is upset, or someone hugs you when you are feeling down?
A hug does wonders to your mood doesn’t it?
It’s not just the hug that helps you, it’s the presence of someone you love, their touch and of course hormones. They all work together to help you become cheerful again.
12. POSITIVE EFFECT ON BABIES
Researches have found long term effect on babies who were starved of touch and attention. Infants who were exposed to touch have lesser stress in adulthood.
Someone said “Hugs were invented to let people know you love them without having to say anything”.
Absolutely makes sense.
At the end of the day, make sure you hug the ones you love without saying anything, I am sure they’ll know your feelings.
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