Hugs are one of the best ways to make us feel better and this is why we love them. But did you know that daily hugs are also healthy? They have a number of benefits which improve our overall well-being and present condition. So, the answer is yes, hugs can make your body and even your mind stronger.
But what is the magic behind the good old hug? The most common fact is that they enhance your body’s production of oxytocin. Oxytocin is the hormone which corresponds to building interpersonal trust and stronger relationships. Hugging is one of the natural oxytocin producers which your body can benefit from.
About a quarter of the Americans experience fear of public speaking, or glossophobia. A study shows that such people may lower their heart rates after a 20-second hug from their close ones. Improve you public speaking skills by hugging others!
We experience a stressful and hectic daily routine and often don’t have time to stop and hug our beloved ones. However, this is such a pity because hugs are proven to protect us from stress-related illnesses. People who get hugged more often may not experience these illnesses at all and even if they do, the symptoms are less intense and scary.
Hugging can also reduce depression and its symptoms. It is a way of showing emotional support which can be critical to our emotional well-being. It releases a natural anti-depressant called serotonin, which stimulates the happy thoughts and reduces the sad ones. Hug your loved ones more often.
In general, hugs boost your immune system. Research shows that people who get and give hugs may have the benefit of not catching a cold often compared to the ones who don’t.
Studying the benefits of a single or multiple hugs a day is an ongoing process. Who knows how many more benefits are there for our bodies and minds. Stay healthy and hug your family members more often!