Hugs are far more than just an affectionate greeting, they are a powerful prescription for what ails you
Offering a potent wellness boost, hugs are a holistic way of healing the side-effects caused by disease, loneliness, stress and so much more. Research has proven the amazing health benefits of hugging; a gentle, magical medicine, aiding in restoring the mind, body and spirit.
A hug a day, may indeed keep the doctor away!
Building a sense of trust and safety, a hugs’ nurturing touch creates open, honest communication. Holding a hug for at least twenty seconds before letting go will instantly boost oxytocin and serotonin levels, elevating your mood and raise your “happiness scale.’
Serotonin is known as the ‘feel good’ hormone. When serotonin flows, you feel important, relaxed, and confident. Several antidepressants on the market today work by increasing the production of serotonin. Wouldn’t you rather have a hug than take a drug?
Hugging causes the body to produce oxytocin. Helping to calm the nervous system and create the relaxation response, hugging increases your ability to control your feelings. Studies estimate that fifty percent of our happiness is genetic, ten percent is affected by our environment, and forty percent is determined by how we are nurtured.
Touch is a language and the first sense you acquire.
As human beings we crave touch; in fact, our species requires it to thrive. Therefore, it makes sense that physical contact is necessary for your health and well-being.
The Miami Touch Research Institute demonstrated the importance of touch and physical contact for preterm babies for their growth. Babies that received daily massages have accelerated growth rate forty seven percent greater than the babies in the control group, who were not given massages.
Physical touch is a natural way to bond and communicate with others. Hugs are one of the many ways that contribute to the contact that your body requires to remain healthy.
It's important to make sure that you get the rest your body needs. Your lack of sleep can bring about a long list of secondary health issues disrupting the body’s normal function.
The physical sensation of hugging and cuddling can help soothe your nerves and provide a peaceful night’s sleep. If you’re without a partner, studies have found that the deep touch pressure of a weighted blanket is a safe and effective therapy for insomnia.
Molding to your body like a warm hug, the body responds to the blanket as if it is receiving physical contact. Releasing serotonin, the nervous system calms and the body is able to fall into a more restful sleep.
When your body is fully rested, and you are getting the deep sleep you require, your hormones work together and support your overall health.
Nothing is more comforting than getting a hug from someone you love.
The dynamic exchange that you manifest when you hug others shows your investment in the relationship you share. Be open and receptive to the love that flows between you. Allow yourself to live in the present moment; letting the experience deepen your connection.
A warm embrace teaches you how to give and how to receive; conveying your love and joy in a way that can’t be explained with words. Hugging is a silent way of saying you matter to me.
In addition to making you feel connected to others, hugging offers many health benefits. Just as you give priority to exercise and a healthy diet, you ought to consider the quality of touch with loved ones. Avoid isolation and enjoy the amazing health benefits of hugging—a gentle, magical medicine.
I am a corporate wellness consultant. As a master yoga instructor, I support in-house wellness programs, seminars, trade shows and executive retreats. I help business leaders build and maintain physical and mental well-being. If you would like to learn more about offering a health and fitness program to your busy management team contact me at [email protected] or 386.871.0582
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