“Hugging: the truest form of giving and receiving.”
― Carol ‘CC’ Miller
Who would not like to be hugged, it is one of the most amazing things that we could ever give another person. We also can call it therapy in a way.
We hug each other when we are excited, happy, sad, or to feel comfortable. Hugging making us feel good. It makes us healthier and happier.
There are a lot of things about hugging which we need to know, read on to find out how
1. Balances the Nervous System
The galvanic skin response of someone receiving and giving a hug shows a change in skin conductance. The effect in moisture and electricity in the skin suggests a more balanced state in the nervous system – parasympathetic. Therefore, Hugs balance out the nervous system.
2. Alleviates Stress
Hugging alleviates stress by reducing the levels of circulating cortisol (the stress hormones) in the blood. This causes the mind to calm down. This helps in decreasing cortisol-induced hyperglycemia and diabetes mellitus. Studies show that well-hugged babies are less stressed than less-hugged adults. The research at Emory University discovered an amazing link between touch and relieving stress. When our partner comes home after work, just give them a warm hug!
3. Better Overall Mood
Hugging causes the brain to release serotonin and endorphin to blood vessels to create pleasure and negate sadness. Hugging also results in improved performance at work and at school. Therefore, hugging helps to maintain a better overall mood.
4. Relaxes our Body
Hugging helps us to relax our muscles and releasing tension in the body.
5. Heart Health Improves/Decreased Heart Rate
Hugging helps to decrease our heart rate. According to a study conducted by the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, participants who did not have any contact with their partners developed a quickened heart rate of 10 beats per minute compared to 5 beats per minute among those who got to hug their partners during the experiment. Decreasing heart rates will help in decreasing blood pressure and cardiac illness.