We have all heard of hugs and have felt its wonders, too. Hugs are one of the warmest things you could ever feel in your whole life. You give hugs when you're happy, appreciative, and thankful. But did you know that hugging someone has health benefits both for the one giving it and the one receiving it? Now you have more reasons to hug someone! Free hugs, anyone?
- Hugs can relieve stress.
Apparently, hugs make our bodies relax and release tension. The amount of the stress hormone cortisol produced in our bodies lowers down, heightens our mood, and calms our brain making us think clearly than when we were stressed. Isn't it nice to know that all we need to do is hug someone to release some stress? Yay for hugs! (via USNews.com)
- Hugs can take away your pain.
Just like exercising, hugging releases endorphins that ease our burdens. If you're having a bad day and are too lazy to go to the gym and exercise, giving someone (your BFF or your BF!) can help. You'll never know, they may also be in need of a hug!
- Hugs can increase your faith in yourself.
If you're ever doubting yourself and are in need of a confidence boost, hug someone or even something that you love. Hugs reduce worries and fears. They make us feel special and increase our self-esteem. So if you know someone who has an upcoming final exam or presentation, give them a hug.
- Hugs can actually help future generations.
An Emory University study found that when you hug humans while they're still young, it can build a sense of trust and safety as they grow. So if you realize you're easily stressed as an adult, maybe you need some more hugs to survive and live. We encourage you to hug kids and babies, too, because it can be a win-win situation for the both of you! (via HuffingtonPost.com)
- Hugs can be a good alternative for medicines.
With our busy schedule, we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. If you think you're going to get sick or feel that you're just exhausted, it's time to hug someone. When someone hugs you, it activates the Pacinian corpuscles and sends signals to the vague nerve that can lower heart rate and help decrease blood pressure and cardiac illness. Also, the response of moisture and electricity over the skin balances the parasympathetic nervous system, a.k.a the rest and digest system. Hugs aren't just for happy feelings, Candy Girls! (via MindBodyGreen.com)
- Hugs strengthen your relationship with someone you love.
Embracing someone releases oxytocin, also known as the cuddle hormone, which makes us feel fuzzy inside, wanting to bond with someone we love. It heals feelings like loneliness, solitude, and displeasure, and replace them with feelings of intimacy and assurance. If you and someone you love had a fight, just hug it all out.
Feel like giving someone a hug now? :)