The healing power of a hug and loving touch can’t be understated. Everyone needs physical contact to survive, and hugging is an act of giving and receiving the support and love people need.
Hugging is the universal language of love, comfort, and friendship. Hugging someone we know and trust can be healthy, but hugging strangers – for some – can be uncomfortable and raise stress levels. There are different types of hugs and reasons: Greeting hugs, comforting hugs, bonding hugs, romantic hugs, etc. Hugs given and received with the right intention can be wonderful.
Hugging with a heart of caring & sharing can shift energy and promote healing
Researchers have discovered that hugging can help you live longer, protect against illness,
cure depression and stress, strengthen family relationships, and even help you sleep without
pills. They have discovered that when a person is touched, the amount of hemoglobin in their
blood increases significantly. Hemoglobin is the part of the blood that carries vital supplies of
oxygen to all organs of the body, including the heart and the brain. An increase in hemoglobin
tones up the whole body, helps prevent disease, and speeds recovery from illness.
According to a study by University of Carolina, a long hug causes drops in levels of cortisol, a hormone related to stress. Blood pressure drops, breathing slows and pulse speed decreases. Over time, frequent hugs keep blood pressure low and increase the health of your heart. The positive emotions created by hugs decrease stress, creating a number of health benefits. A Chapel Hill study suggests that emotional support from a loved one increases heart health.
- Always respect another person’s space.
- Ask permission when you need or want to share a hug (unless you’ve already established that hugging is acceptable w/out permission).
- There is a difference between a warm, friendly hug and a passionate embrace – please hug accordingly