Hugging is a potent way to convey comfort, love, fear, admiration, sadness, joy, and happiness, and it is a way to deeply connect to another human being and show compassion, care, and comfort.
It is said that we need 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 for maintenance, and 12 hugs a day for growth.
Hugs are vital to our health and wellbeing and you should give and receive as many hugs a day as possible.
Benefits of hugging:
– Hugs strengthen the immune system, as the gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge activates the Solar Plexus Chakra, and this in turn stimulates the thymus gland, and white blood cells are produced in greater amounts.
– Hugging helps when someone is grieving, and it can provide true solace, soothes pain, and calms the soul, by giving strength to go on and escape the emotional torture
– Hugging lowers stress by reducing cortisol levels and drastically lower stress levels Hugs calm and improve mood, and provide warmth and closeness
– Hugging relaxes the muscles, and reduces the tension in the body, alleviating pain, and soothing aches by boosting circulation and improves the health of the soft tissues
– Hugs lower the risk of illness, as they reduce stress and prevent its negative effects. Hugs and social interaction lower stress levels and prevent illness by supporting the immune system
– Hugging reduces fear and anxiety. It is a well known fact that touch alleviates fear in people with low self-esteem
– Hugging improves mood, increases the levels of oxytocin, the “love hormone” or the “bonding hormone”, and leads to happiness and euphoria
– Hugs balance out the nervous system, and the galvanic skin response of someone receiving and giving a hug shows a change in skin conductance. This helps in balancing the parasympathetic and the sympathetic autonomic balance in the body
Hugs are the warmest and simplest way to feel happiness, enjoy health, connect with people, and express our true emotions.