I love hugging! I'll take any hug I can get! A 1 second squeeze, a 3 second embrace, even a loooong 20 second healing hug! Sure, it can be a bit awkward to linger - but if both parties consent, the research is there to support major healing benefits of a nice long hug!
Here are the Top 3 Health Benefits to a Long Hug - Scientific Proof included!
1. A hug of 10 seconds or more increases Oxytocin.
Also known as the "love hormone", Oxytocin regulates social interaction, bonding, underlies trust, and is an antidote to feeling down. When Oxytocin is released it also balances your blood pressure and heart rate. (see the science)
2. Hugs reduce pain, ease Asthma, help with diabetes, and improve our immune systems. The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine has carried out hundreds of studies into touch. They have found evidence of significant effects, including enhanced growth in premature babies, diminished pain, decreased autoimmune disease symptoms, and improved immune systems. (see the science)
3. Hugs help with feelings of depression.
Hugging stimilates the production of Serotinin. Low Serotonin has been linked to feelings of loneliness and depression. As Serotonin is released feelings of pleasure, elevated mood and happiness increase. (see the science)
So now that we have all the science lets experiment with this healing art for ourselves! For the next week, i challenge you to find one consenting person or loving pet each day to practice a 10 to 20 second hug with. Pay attention to how you feel before and after. so that you can see the benefits for yourself!
I would love to hear from you about your experience so please send me a note!
Lots of Love,