I love hugs! I do, and I give them often and freely. They cost nothing and are full of rewards. They are super healthy, people!
Hugs raise oxytocin and serotonin levels, which helps you relax, feel all warm and fuzzy and help with depression. They make muscle tissues relax so they are helpful in relieving pain. They can even help strengthen the immune system and are healthy for your heart! They are an inexpensive form of therapy. For more benefits you can check out this article.
And when it comes to our youth there has never been something so important as far as I am concerned (along with proper care ). According to an article by Discovery News, “A new study shows that the brains of early nurtured kids have a larger hippocampus. That may make it easier for them to learn, improve their memory, and even respond to stress.” The difference in oxytocin levels can really affect your child’s development, since it acts both as a hormone and a brain neurotransmitter. This interesting article on Scientific American expresses concern for the ability of a child to recover from neglectful environments. So just in case, and because it’s the most delicious thing in the world, hug your child often and like you mean it.
But hugs are not just for kids, we can all benefit from hugs. Hugs are like meditation in a way. They put us in contact with our human essence and they ground us in the present moment.
With so many benefits I can’t think of many reasons not to give a bunch of hugs every day, duration may vary according to freshness or lack there of 🙂 . So what are you waiting for, start reaping the benefits of a hug today!