People like to hug that is the fact. There is no wonder why in fact since there is barely any situation in life that a hug would be inappropriate for. People use hugs for various reasons, to express devotion, love, fear, despair, and whatnot. However, has it ever occurred to you to think about the benefits of hugs? We usually do it because it is the way other people do it and it feels nice, but there is usually something more to it.
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That is why today we are going to have a closer look at the beneficial side of hugs. In case that sounds like something interesting to you, we invite you to get on this discovering journey with us!
#1 Healthy childhood development
Very often, we underestimate the importance of hugs or even simply do not pay enough attention to it. However, when you think about the mother and the newborn – the first thing what they usually do is a hug. The skin-to-skin contact is highly important to children as well as to adults. The research proves that children that have been hugged more during their early years grow up to be a lot happier than those who haven’t been. What is more, children who were seldom hugged when they were little growing up to be usually emotionally unstable and troubled? That is why if you think that hugging is not important you better overthink your approach since your child’s future well-being is at stake.
Oxytocin is the love hormone, which is primarily responsible for the way we interact with other. The more of it is released, the better and as you may have already guessed the best way to prove its release is to hug.
This one may come as a shocker but hugs actually have a positive impact on your immune system. The person who is being hugged regularly usually is less likely to get sick on a regular basis. What is more, the hormones released when someone hugs you are very important when it comes to your war with stress.
#4 Positive emotions
It shouldn’t take the genius to figure out that hugs promote positive emotions. However, the thing is that these emotions are what drives up, what keeps us motivated and helps to achieve the goal. It should be mentioned that hugging usually raises someone’s mood and that usually increase the productivity. So hugging at work is certainly a nice thing.
#5 To sum everything up
Something as simple as the mere human act of hugging has a lot more to it than we may have ever thought. Of course, it depends on the event and the person who hugs you but in general that simple skin to skin touch can provoke a lot of things that we can’t control or describe. To cut a long story short– someone’s embrace may turn your world upside down.
It turns out that our receptors and nerves work together and when they interchange signals something happens. If we have hugs in mind, the changes are positive.
Even though a hug is more of a physical thing is has a huge response from our mental side.
Since hugs are to provoke love hormone to increase we are usually feeling a lot happier and satisfied than we felt before.
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#6 Hugs help people relax, and that is great.
So, how many times should someone hug you for you to feel good? It depends. The thing is that there are hugs from people whom we do not expect to hug as it is weird but pleasant no one can contradict that. However, there are also hugs from people we love and care for so that the effect certainly doubles if not triples. The research proves that the more hugs you get throughout the day, the better. As a matter of fact, if an average person gets at least four hugs a day – she will be more likely to survive the day. Eight hugs are needed for maintenance, and twelve hugs are needed for growth. That is why we suggest you that you take out a notebook and start counting the hugs you get during the day to figure out whether you are getting enough of those on a regular basis. What is more, you should be generous on hugs as well since other people need some as well.
We hope that this information was more than useful or you and from now on you won’t take hugs for granted since now you know how important they are.
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