Just Sending Out A Big Hug To Whoever May Need One Right Now. ❤
Hugging is The Most Beautiful Form of Communication
Hugging is one of the most amazing things we can give to another person. Hugging is essentially a form of therapy in itself.
When we get hugs, it gives us a feeling of comfort, caring, love, understanding and many other indescribable feelings. Having that said, wouldn’t you agree that giving each other a hug every single day would be a good idea?
There is more to hugging than the surface appearance of it all. There is actual science that happens within us when we are receiving a hug or giving one to someone else.
The physiological changes we experience deep within as we are being hugged could be described as one of the ultimate forms of being human and alive.
1. Hugs can increase your self-esteem
The human touch is an incredible and beautiful thing. Many people tend to underestimate the effects of human touch. Even at an early age, a touch from our parents means that we are loved and cared for. They imply that we have value in this world and we should not be afraid to live our lives. That’s why hugs also build confidence and self-esteem. They take us back to the days of our infancy wherein we were always told that we have our place in this world and we shouldn’t be ashamed of being alive.
2. Reduces stress levels
Hugging someone can immediately and effectively relieve much of their stress. Too often we underestimate the power of hugging. When happens is that when being hugged, the level of cortisol that is circulating throughout our body is reduced tremendously. This means that our minds are able to calm down and think without stress. The next time you are with your significant other, give them the biggest hug you can summon!
3. Hugs enhance relationships
A good hug increases the feeling of safety, security, trust, and belonging. These are the foundations of all healthy relationships. Studies have shown that relationships in which hugging and touching are present tend to be stronger and longer-lasting.
The exchange of energy between the people hugging is an investment in the relationship. It encourages empathy and understanding. And the whole is more than the sum of its parts: 1 + 1 = 3 or more! This is more likely to result in win-win outcomes and longer-lasting relationships.
4. Better overall mood
When you hug someone, you increase the production of serotonin in your brain which is the essential chemical you need for a positive attitude/mood. It also increases your self-esteem. When thinking about depression or loneliness, remember that your serotonin level is very low.
When you hug someone, the brain begins to release more serotonin and endorphin into your blood vessels, creating pleasure and expelling sorrow.
5. Hugs can lower the risk of heart disease
The hormones are released in the body after a hug are not only just good for happy feelings — they can also help your physical health. When someone touches you, the sensation on your skin activates pressure receptors called Pacinian corpuscles, which then send signals to the vagus nerve, an area of the brain that is responsible for (among many things) lowering blood pressure.
Human-to-human contact also reduces the level of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. This helps to ease your blood flow and lower your heart rate.
6. Balances the nervous system
Just by giving someone a hug, you have already begun to balance their nervous system. Tiny egg-shaped pressure sensors referred to as Pacinian corpuscles found within the skin are linked to the brain through our Vagus nerve. Essentially what this means is that they sense the feeling of being touched.
What happens when moisture and electricity hover over the skin during a hug can show a balanced state of your nervous system parasympathetic, something that is achieved by psycho-physiological coherence that is created when you are passionately hugging someone!
7. Hugging is important for adults too
Physical touch and hugging can combat feelings of loneliness that arise as people get older. A retirement home in New York conducted a study in which they implemented a program called ‘Embraceable You.’ The idea was to encourage cross-generational contact and touch between residents and staff members in order to improve the residents’ wellbeing.