Mental Health: Health Benefits of Hugging
Laughing, cuddling and hugging not only display your affection towards your loved one, but it can also be a health benefit. Multiple researchers conclude that hugging and cuddling can cure depression, stress, tension, anxiety and loneliness.
Hugging leads to release of love hormones called Oxytocin, which fights feeling of depressions, loneliness and also fits of anger.
It promotes a sense of safety, trust and honesty in a person.
A long hug results in an increase in serotonin levels, which elevates your mood and makes your happy.
As mentioned on mindbodygreen, “Hugs strengthen the immune system. The gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge this creates activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body's production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy and disease free.”
Hugging is a way improves one’s self esteem and helps in nurturing the ability to love oneself.
As they boost blood circulation to the softer tissues hugs can ease your pains, relax your muscles and can also relax your body.
Hugs are similar to meditation or even laughter. You’re mind stops thinking and you live in the moment. So you get out of your circular thinking patterns and unite with your heart, emotions and breathing simultaneously.
Hugs get you out of your circular thinking patterns and connect you with your heart and your feelings and your breath.
According to Virginia Satir, an American author and psychotherapist, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.”
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