Hugging Is Good Medicine

Did you hug anyone today? If not, go find someone and hug them. Why you say? Well, who doesn’t love a good hug? And rumours has it hugging is good for you, not just because it feels good to get a hug.

It transfers energy and gives the person hugged an emotional lift. You need four hugs a day for survival, eight for maintenance, and twelve for growth. Scientists say that hugging is a form of communication because it can say things you don’t have the words for. And the nicest thing about a hug is that you usually can’t give one without getting one.

So it seems even science agrees hugging is a good thing to do. I wonder how that research was carried out. Did they have people wired up and told them to hug to see what happened? I hope so. Would’ve loved to be a part of that research project.

No hugging yet? Still need some more reasons before you go over to your next door neighbour for a cuddle? Ok, here we go; 9 reasons for why hugging is actually good medicine;

  • Hugs are so much like meditation and laughter. They teach us to let go and be present in the moment. They encourage us to flow with the energy of life. Hugs get you out of your circular thinking patterns and connect you with your heart and your feelings and your breath.  Go hug someone!
  • The energy exchange that happens between the two people is like an investment into the relationship between the huggers. The more you invest, the better the relationship. Go get yourself a hug.
  • Believe it or not, a good hug (skin to skin) can actually help balance your nervous system. (get naked and) go hug!
  • Hugging is almost like a good massage, because it relaxes your muscles and releases tension in your body. The blood flow to your soft tissue increases. Almost like a little workout, maybe you could hug between your squats?
  • Anytime someone touches you, you feel better (maybe except if it’s a slap?), and it actually boosts your self esteem. A hug does the same, so get hugging before that important interview and you’ll be glowing with self esteem.
  • The longer you hold the hug, the better. It releases serotonin and you get happier and less moody. So when you’ve got someone locked in your arms, don’t let go of that hug!!
  • If you feel angry, lonely and isolated, get a hug. If you are on an isolated psychiatric ward, you might be wearing a strap jacket, which means you’ll be hugging yourself. I don’t think these hugs count, but at least it’s better than nothing. Ask the shrink that’s looking after you for a hug, maybe?
  • Hugging gives you a sense of safety. This is probably why people who are in scary situations, just hug each other (false sense of security perhaps?). So, next time your airplane is about to crash land, hug the person next to you. At least you’ll feel safe.
  • Last, but not least, hugging boosts your immune system. It’s due to the pressure on the sternum and it regulates your body’s production of white blood cells and it keeps you happy and healthy. Go hug someone now!

Have you hugged someone yet? Go on, I’ll wait.

koalahug ottershugging

meerkat hugging

Group hug 🙂

dogcathug

(Waiting….)

Now, tell me? How was that? Feels good, doesn’t it? Alright, now it’s my turn to get my “immune system boosting, self esteem boosting, feel good, safety bringing, relationship building, mood and happiness boosting, almost like a massage and all the other good things that comes with it” hug right now!

Hug you later 🙂

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40 Responses to Hugging Is Good Medicine

  1. Adore this! That picture of the Boxer hugging the kitten melted my heart. :*)

  2. haha LOVE this post! How good are hugs! I’m sending this off to one of my friends who is a big hug fan. She is gonna love it! Thanks 🙂

  3. thirdiradio says:

    Reblogged this on ThirdiRadio and commented:
    THIS IS SO AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! You are amazing. I love this post…. Hugs are so powerful!! Thanks for following my blog! I hope you have an inspiring day!!

  4. thirdiradio says:

    THIS IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are amazing, I love this blog post… Hugs are amazing… Thanks for following my blog!! .. I hope you have an inspiring day!!

  5. Yes -have to agree, hugging does feel great!

  6. Sofia says:

    Cute post! And definitely, hugging is important! 🙂

  7. Ryan says:

    aw… i miss my mom’s hug now looking at your pictures.
    permission to reblog it to my blog, can i?

  8. Pam says:

    great article and photos! I just hugged my husband and cat!

  9. hettiegrove says:

    Reblogged this on Birth, Boobs and Babes and commented:
    I just love this article and thought I must share it. It is so true

  10. Reblogged this on wonderfulshantelle and commented:
    Happy-spreading.

  11. Aww, I love these pictures! So cute and sweet!

  12. Ice_Badger says:

    Hugging is awesome, my Morris side hugs a lot and it always makes me feel happy 🙂 now I want to go and hug someone…but i am at work…and my colleagues already think i am somewhat odd…I’ll have to wait until this evening 🙂

  13. AmyS says:

    No wonder I love to hug so much-it’s good for me! 🙂

  14. Pingback: Hugging.. ^_^ | Rini bee

  15. Arlene W. says:

    Great topic, great post, great pics… Sooo cute

  16. Reblogged this on Gramps' blog and commented:
    Absolutely agree!

  17. InfiniteZip says:

    Following…this is great!!!! Hugged my two idgits……feelin warm and fuzzy….

  18. Malar says:

    Reblogged this on Malar's Kitchen and commented:
    A bit of change from usual kitchen stuff , its about hug a great medicine…..

  19. Malar says:

    My hubby never hugs me, I had always loved to hug and to be hugged.Though I hug him, he never does. Reading this gives me great pleasure. Thanks for such a great post. 🙂

  20. Stop promoting Rape Culture!

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