Hug And Be Hugged — This Simple Trick Can Dramatically Improve Your Mental Health
Technology has brought the world closer no doubt, but we are so lost in the virtual world of emoticons that we have stopped craving the company of a real person. A common sight that we all notice these days is people sitting together but not talking because they’re too busy living their virtual lives on their phones. But instead of spending your time on social media, garnering likes and replying to comments, why not step out of that kind of life and go out to laugh, hug, and talk to friends and family? Aside from getting some quality time with the people that matter, you’ll also get some huge health-related benefits. It has been found by scientists that at least 8 hugs a day can keep a person away from sickness, ill health, and depression. Hugs are as good as apples in keeping the doctor away, it seems! Here is why you should hug every day:
Gets Rid of Stress
There is a reason why your loved ones hug you when you are upset! It has been proven that it is a great stress buster. In an experiment, it was found that while hugging, the parts of a woman’s brain that are associated with maternal instincts become more active than other parts. It was proved that when we hug someone, the same thing happens for all genders. So, now you know what to do when you have an exceptionally stressful day.
Promotes Good Heart Health
It has been proven time and again that human touch can do wonders to our bodies, and hugging is one effective way of improving heart health. An experiment proved clearly how beneficial it is for the heart. Two hundred adults were divided into two groups. The first group held hands with their romantic partner and hugged them, while the other group sat in silence. It was found that the former group had reduced blood pressure and heart rate after the experiment. Overall, it is safe to say that keeping stress out of our lives can help us avoid several deadly diseases, and hugging does help in being a stress buster.
Releases Good Hormones
Oxytocin has often been called the “cuddle hormone” or the “love hormone”. It has been proven by scientists that this hormone helps in bonding with another person. It is also associated with happier thoughts and reduced stress levels. It has a huge impact on a woman’s body as it is related to childbirth and maternal instincts as well. Research has proven that women who are hugged more by their partner or held their child often turn out to be the strongest. It actually feels good to know that the relationships in which we are invested so much can have such power to give strength to us!
Researchers have proven that hugging has a natural pain-killing effect. Research was conducted where people with fibromyalgia went through therapeutic touch treatments. It was found that they had reduced pain after that. Since hugging involves touching as well, next time you are in pain, ditch the painkiller and try some touch therapy by hugging your closest buddy. It does work!
Communicates Good Vibes
Often, we are in a situation when words fail us. Hugging is one of the best ways to communicate to the other person that we still care, love, or support them, even if we cannot say that aloud. Not every person is born with good oration skills, and it is not easy for most of us to give words to difficult feelings. Hugging can be comforting and reassuring, too. It has been found that even a stranger can express a wide range of feelings like love, concern, fear, sadness, and sympathy just by touching another person.
So, that brings us to the question, is hugging someone every day enough? Apparently no, not just one hug, but if we believe American author Virginia Satir, we need 8 hugs each day. Of course, if you can get more than that, it will be extremely beneficial for your personal growth, too! When having a hard time and going through stress, depression, strife, just get rid of your ego and hug the person who matters to you. Don’t wait for National Hugging Day to hug someone you love and care about!
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