I was debating on what to write about this week and then during a conversation with my mother-in-law I was reminded of how important hugging is to our health and happiness and thought it was worth sharing. You know how good you feel when you get a much needed hug and not just when you’re feeling blue? We all have those people in our lives that we describe as giving the best hug. Why is that? Interestingly, hugging is just as much a benefit for the person doing the hugging as the person being hugged. Below are some awesome reasons to start giving and receiving more hugs.
Boosts Oxytocin – Oxytocin is often referred to as the “trust hormone” or “love hormone” because it plays a role in pair bonding, especially between mother and child. This hormone also has a number of positive effects on our wellbeing. Oxytocin is a hormone that decreases the effects of stress on your body and lowers your blood pressure. It has also been found to reduce the food cravings and may help to curb drug and alcohol addiction. It even has a positive influence on inflammation and wound healing.
Builds Your 3rd Chakra – The energy at your solar plexus regulates a host of responses in the body including your immune system, powers of digestion and self-esteem. Hugging stimulates your 3rd chakra energy in turn activating the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells—keeping you healthy and disease free.
Lifts Moods – Why does a hug make us feel better? Well, partly because reaching out and hugging releases endorphins and serotonin into the blood and causes pleasure to increase and pain and sadness to decrease. Hugging for an extended time boosts your serotonin levels, elevating your mood and creating happiness.
I have heard that you need to hug for at least six seconds for the positive benefits of hugging to take effect. Hugs are so powerful in transforming people lives that one woman has made hugging her life’s work. Have you heard of the hugging saint, Amma? Check her out here. Millions of people seek her out and wait for hours for one of her healing hugs. Amazing! Psychotherapist Virginia Satir said, “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” So get out there and get your hug on!
Wishing You Vibrant Living