Spread the love today — and boost your wellbeing
When you hug someone, you release the hormone oxytocin, which is associated with happiness. Research has found that the stronger the bond you have with the person you’re hugging, the more oxytocin your body releases and the happier you feel.
Boost your immune system
Oxytocin also increases the hormones that fight infection. It gives your immune system a boost and makes you feel healthy.
Hugging can reduce pain. For example, what do you do when you have pain in your neck? You rub it or apply pressure. Even a small touch can release enough oxytocin to make you feel better.
The gesture of giving someone a hug shows that they’re supporting you and that you’re supporting them too, reducing any stress you’re both feeling.
Lower risk of heart disease
Feeling less stress and anxiety can help lower blood pressure, and hence lower the risk of heart disease.
Have you ever had a difficult conversation and felt that it’s made better by a hug? This is because a hug shows intimacy and allows you to say things that words couldn’t. It’s very comforting, with a shield being put around you in the form of another human.
A hug can break down communication barriers and deepen the bond with the person you’re holding. During a hug, you only focus on that other person and what you feel for them.