We all need affection from another human being, especially when we are sad or stressed, and the hugging will offer that in its upmost form.
The importance of hugging is being emphasized by a popular family therapist, Virginia Satir that maintains that every person needs 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 for maintenance, and 12 hugs a day for growth.
Hugging is a human way to show love, joy, happiness, admiration, and even fear and sadness. This is a profound way to show connection to another human being and thus express care, comfort, and compassion.
Scientists also confirm the immense value of receiving and offering hugs in terms of our health and wellbeing.
Scientific Reasons for Giving and Receiving Hugs a Day
- Boosted immunity
This gesture puts a gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge activates the Solar Plexus Chakra that triggers the thymus gland thereby regulating and balancing the body’s production of white blood cells.
- Reduce stress
Hugging lowers cortisol levels thus soothing stress. According to a conducted 2013 study involving participants who had to be separated from their partners for a certain reason, a 15-minute conversation with their partner by using a life-size huggable humanoid device helped them significantly in reducing stress. This was not the case with the ones that talked only on their mobile phones.
- Better mood and lower tension
Hugging offers closeness, warmth, and thus instantly betters the mood of a person. They are highly valued when someone is grieving because they can really ease the soul, the pain, and offer true solace and strength thus avoiding the emotional torture.
The mood gets improved as the hugging elevates the levels of oxytocin, a love hormone or otherwise recognized as the bonding hormone. These high levels will lead to feelings of happiness and euphoria.
The tension of the body gets decreased as it relaxes the muscles, and also relieves the pain and aches by stimulating blood circulation into the soft tissues.
- Lower risk of diseases
Thanks to the ability to naturally lower stress the risk of developing an illness is significantly lower. According to a conducted 2014 study where 404 adult participants received hugs it was shown that hugging and social interaction reduce stress thus protecting from diseases as it promotes the work of the immune system.
- Fight fear and anxiety
As per a performed 2013 study released by the Association for Psychological Science people experiencing touch helped them in soothing the fear, especially in the ones with low self-confidence.
- Balance the nervous system
The galvanic skin response of someone giving and receiving a hug demonstrates a change in skin conductance. Namely, the moisture and electricity in the skin suggest a more balanced state in the parasympathetic nervous system.
Hence, make sure to more often enjoy all the benefits that hugging can offer to your body and mind.