Hugs… we all give them away. Some are solid bear hugs with a tight squeeze, maybe even with a slight swaying side to side, and others are light-hearted hugs. Or, if hugging the opposite sex, a nice side hug with a touch of the ribs and shoulders may be more appropriate. We all love hugs. At least most of us do, and here is why I think you should consider doubling up your efforts on hugging.
1. Better Mood
When you hug someone, you begin to increase the production of serotonin in your brain which is the essential chemical you need for a positive attitude/mood. This also boosts your self-esteem.
Something to keep in mind when thinking about depression or those who are lonely, is that they are experiencing really low levels of serotonin. When you hug someone, the brain begins to release more serotonin and endorphin into your blood vessels, creating pleasure and expelling sorrow.
Hugging can cause a release of oxytocin from the brain, causing us to bond with our partner. The release of this hormone causes a rise in feelings of commitment and intimacy as we share feelings for each other through hugging. Try hugging with your partner to feel your bond strengthen!
Makes You Forget You Fought If you have been fighting with your partner, then try this method. The best way to forgive and move on is with a simple, warm hug. Hugging is important in a relationship as it helps that cold feeling to disappear.
3.Makes You Happy
Hugs, like chocolate, promote feelings of happiness, which translates into oxytocin being released in our brain. When oxytocin is released into the brain you experience a feeling of contentment, a reduction in anxiety and generally feel calmer. The oxytocin hormone is also present when you’re intimate with your partner and when you give birth – this is nature’s way of bonding you with your partner or new-born.
4.Leads To More Sex
A cuddle isn’t always just a cuddle – touching releases the hormone dopamine which increases sexual desire, as well as that wondrous oxytocin which a woman needs to prepare for sex. It’s a great way to start foreplay that leads to more fun times, which is a win-win for both of you. Sex also has plenty of benefits including strengthening your relationship, relieving stress and of course as physical exercise.
Hugging can help to decrease levels of the hormone cortisol, which is released when we are stressful. Lower levels of cortisol allow the mind to be calm and the body to relax. It helps us to forget our worries for a while.
A passionate hug allows for the exchange of feelings across the bioenergetics field generated by the heart, causing us to empathize with the other person. This builds trust between people in a way that words simply cannot. Hug someone when you want to open your heart to them!
7.Good For Your Heart
Not only does a hug feel good, but it’s good for a heart healthy lifestyle. A research shows the people who didn’t have any contact with their partners developed a faster heart rate than those who received hugs. Hug your way to better heart health!
8.Hugs Promote Relaxation
A hug can relax your muscles, relieving tension in your body. It can help to soothe aches and pains — and take away physical stress, as a prolonged hug causes stress chemicals like cortisol to drop. This helps to relax you, both physically and mentally.
Hugging also boosts your immunity. The emotion, warm physical contact and the slight pressure on the sternum stimulates the thymus, which is a glad that balances and regulate the white blood cell production in the body. White blood cells keep your body diseases free.
Last but not the least, hugging improves your sleep. Studies have shown that the act of hugging which releases the hormone oxytocin, will reduce your stress and blood pressure. Better sleep means a better you, a better you will make your spouse a better partner, and voila there is your happily ever after.