A scientific study reveals that hugs boost happiness by increasing the oxytocin levels within the body. Oxytocin is a type of neurotransmitter that acts on the emotional center of the brain technically termed as the limbic system. When oxytocin level is high, it promotes feelings of gratification and significant reduction of anxiety and stress levels. Also, high level of oxytocin lowers the cortisol level. Cortisol hormone shoots up in any stressful event. Hugging likewise stimulate dopamine and serotonin, known as the pleasure hormones.
In a way or another, you might have asked if there is a drug for a broken heart. The good news is it now exist or shall I say it have existed a long time ago. People just don’t just seem to notice it wittingly. There are more evidences to show that a simple touch, hug or cuddling really mean a lot. All these can communicate deeper expressions of emotion more concise than words. Indeed, hugs can heal a lonely soul.
There are lots of researches to prove that hugging has significant impact in healing illnesses, psychological issues like anxiety and depression. A group of researchers from the University of Miami conducted study revealing the evidences that touch improved the immune system in patients diagnosed with cancer. Likewise, lower levels of glucose have been found in children suffering from diabetes.
A deep hug can instantly give a feeling of relief. It helps build open communication and provide a sense of security. Hugs also lift the serotonin levels which create happiness and enhance mood. It’s known to boost the immune system by stimulating the thymus gland which is responsible in stimulating the production of white blood cells.
Hugs help relax muscles. It can instantly decrease pain. A simple hug is equivalent to laughing and meditation. It welcomes positive energy within the body. And what is more important is that hugging offers a synergistic effect. It offers mutual benefit to both hugging party. A popular family therapist named Virginia Satir said that humans need 4 hugs to survive, 8 hugs for maintenance and 12 hugs for human development. Hugs certainly remain an organic medicine to heal mankind.
Giving hugs can be the easiest way to cultivate relationships. It simply means appreciating and acknowledging somebody. Hugging is a non-verbal language of expressing our love and care to the people around us.
Give free hugs every day. You’ll never know, someone along the way needs it. It makes a difference to lift the spirit of a lonely soul. It’s somehow relieving to contribute happiness to someone. We may not always tell our love ones that they are special. At times we miss important occasions or fail to call in crucial moments. Hugging is quite a magnificent gesture more than enough to express our hearts. Be one of us in giving free hugs. Do it now. Do it every day. Don’t miss the opportunity to make happiness viral. Men and women deserve hugs. It only takes few hugs to heal a weary heart. Always remember, there is no grief or pain that is powerful enough when you hug someone.