You Could Probably Use A Hug (Why Everyone Could)
Written by: Brandi Monasco
A hug is one of the closest feelings of being together and we definitely give them out freely, but do you know that they also have actual health benefits? You may be surprised, but there is a lot more to hugging than just the close contact.
Research has proven the countless benefits that come with giving out and receiving hugs which have even resulted in the creation of hugging therapies! These therapies act as powerful means of healing both the emotional self and even some illnesses. Hugs have a whole world of other advantages to your body too!
A hug represents security and receiving one builds up the trust between individuals, allowing them to be mentally satisfied around that person. A hug can make your hormones go wild. Oxytocin, which is the bliss hormone, is released in bursts when you hug a person. This hormone is responsible for the feeling of love and is also important in helping with digestion and mending the gut as well as maintaining normal blood pressure for better heart health.
Oxytocin also helps in boosting your immune function, strengthening the body against a number of intruders and at the same time increases your tolerance of pain. It also has the power to heal the feelings of loneliness and hunger, shifting your mood towards betterment.
However, oxytocin is not the only hormone that is affected by hugging; your serotonin levels are increased as well. This hormone creates the feeling of happiness, so you can imagine its effect on your overall health and mind. This hormone elevates your mood and also helps digestion.
It is also involved in a number of brain functions, which helps to promote your mental and emotional health. Plus, another similar hormone, dopamine, which is associated with relieving depression, is also increased. All these hormones together promote a healthy, relaxed, stress-free state of body that is extremely beneficial to your overall health.
Hugging also acts as a muscle relaxant. This is because of its property of relieving tension in the very core of your muscles, which helps to relax your body. Hugs also help relieve body aches by promoting a better blood circulation to the soft tissues. Hugs are like meditation. They heal a person in their mind, heart and body, helping to eliminate depression, counteract diseases and counteract the daily stresses of the day.
You may not give it enough credit, but a simple hug has the power to keep you moving on with your daily routines in a healthy way. They not only build a relationship and enhance your bonding with people, but they also promote a calm, happy and more enjoyable mood for you to live your life to the fullest.
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Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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