Why We Need Hugs Everyday

When was the last time you gave and received a real hug? Science shows us that we need daily hugs (by genuine and trustworthy individuals, of course) in order to stay healthy and happy physically and mentally. Here are some benefits of hugging:

Hugs Feels Nice and Good
The simple act of a hug isn’t just felt on our arms. When we embrace someone, oxytocin (also known as “the cuddle hormone”) is released, making us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. The chemical has also been linked to social bonding.

Hugs are Natural Stress Reliever
When we embrace, we immediately reduce our stress hormone cortisol produced in our bodies. Hugs release tension and sends calming messages to the brain.

Hugs Build Trust
The nurturing touch of a hug builds trust and give us a sense of safety.This helps with open and honest communication, which improves relationships.

Hugs Boosts Immune System & Serotonin
Hugs boosts our immune system and raises the serotonin level, elevating positive mood and creating happiness.

Hug Relaxes Muscles
Hugs releases tension in the body. It can take away pain and soothes aches by increasing circulation into the soft tissues.

Hugs Increases Self-Esteem
Hugs makes us feel loved and special; increasing our sense of esteem and self.

So grab your spouse, friend, partner, kid, dog, cat, etc., and give them a big bear hug and become healthy & happy!