Hugging is a natural human activity that involves two people being intimate with each other, holding their arms around the neck or the back portion of the other person, as they hold each other tightly and closely. This form of non-verbal communication is used to convey closeness, love, affection and friendship! It feels very great to be hugged – it feels like you belong to the life of someone else.
If you’re a woman, hugging should be an even greater plus for you. Recent studies suggest that hugging is more beneficial for women than for men. Mindblowing right? Well that’s because hugging increases your levels of oxytocin, popularly known as the “bonding” hormone, especially useful during pregnancy and childbirth. The said increase is considerably higher in women than in men. So yay for that! If you’re a woman, hug everyone you meet today for a happier life!
As a whole, hugging is an activity that all of us humans most do more of. Beyond feeling good, studies have shown that hugging actually has numerous health benefits that we never even think of. Yes, real, tangible benefits to your well-being that only the act of HUGGING can provide. Here are just some of them!
1. You literally become happier when you hug someone.
The very act of hugging induces the release of “feel-good” chemicals in the brain called dopamine and serotonin. Dopamine helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers while serotonin is a contributor to feelings of well-being and happiness, and at the same time prevents depressive moods.
You don’t even have to think it through – when your body touches another person’s body in the act of physical intimacy, your brain immediately releases these neurotransmitters to make you feel happier!
2. When you hug someone, you spread the happiness around!
Hugging is a two-way street: when you hug someone, you, too, get hugged. So in effect, you also are responsible for the release of dopamine and serotonin on that other person’s brain, effectively spreading the happiness around.
3. Hugs can literally lower your heart rate and decrease your stress.
Do you want to feel more relaxed and less stressed out? Hugs have been proven to calm you down and lower your heart rate. Because hugs put you on a better emotional state, you achieve lower levels of stress. It’s been proven time and again that interpersonal touch is a great factor for our physical and mental health, and hugs are the best kind of interpersonal touch there is.