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.
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 🙂