1. Hugs reduce stress by showing your support.
2. Hugs may protect you against illness.
3. Hugs may boost your heart health.
4. Hugs can make you happier.
Oxytocin is a chemical in our bodies that scientists sometimes call the “cuddle hormone.” This is because its levels rise when we hug, touch, or sit close to someone else. Oxytocin is associated with happiness and less stress.
5. Hugs help reduce your fears.
6. Hugs may help reduce your pain.
7. Hugs help you communicate with others.
Family therapist Virginia Satir once said, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” While that may sound like a lot of hugs, it seems that many hugs are better than not enough.
So, how many hugs should you have a day for optimal health? According to the best science, we should have as many as possible if we want to reap the greatest positive effects.
Unfortunately, most Western people today — especially people in the United States — are touch-deprived. Many people live solitary or busy lives with reduced social interaction and touching.
Our modern social conventions often push people not to touch others who aren’t directly related to them. However, it seems people could benefit a lot from touching others a bit more.
So, if you want to feel better about yourself, reduce your stress, improve communication, and be happier and healthier, it seems that giving and asking for more hugs is a good place to start. #happinesshugs #cuddle #smile #happiness #hugme #health #positive #positivitychallenge #smilesallroundandround #day16 #hugeveryone #feelbetter #persuitofhappiness #dontholdback