Hugging is Essential for Health

hugsHappy Holidays! I’m back in my hometown for the holidays and it’s been so fun catching up with family and old friends. It also makes for lots of hugging opportunities, when greeting or saying goodbye to friends and family.

Did you know that hugging is essential for health and wellness? Human touch is critical for the proper development of infants and children. But hugging is also vital for adults and offers a whole host of benefits.

Hugs have tremendous power to maintain and restore health

  • Studies have shown you need four hugs a day for survival, eight hugs for maintenance, and twelve hugs for growth.
  • Hugging can also be a form of communication, enabling you to “say” things you don’t have the words for.
  • Hugging boosts oxytocin levels, helping to heal anger, loneliness, or sadness.
  • Hugs strengthen the immune system by stimulating the thymus gland, regulating and balancing white blood cell production and keeping you healthy.
  • Hugs relax muscles, calm the nervous system and boost serotonin levels which help to improve mood and create happiness.

Hugging is a great way to make yourself and others feel better, and it’s free. Best of all, you can’t give a hug without receiving one in return. So go give some hugs today!

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