Anyone who knows me knows I love to hug. Though I do try to keep it to people I know fairly well at the gym or I’d never get any work done.
I joke that it’s because I’m stealing their energy. But it helps me through the day and to feel connected which is important to me. I thrive on being around people which is funny because I was painfully shy when I was young.
I always knew a hug made me feel good but didn’t realize how much it really does for you.
Besides helping you to feel connected to people you care about, research is showing that it can help you in many other ways. I’m not going to list sources (easy to find through an online search) here as there’s not enough room but legitimate studies have shown the following benefits from hugging: —Decreased risk of getting sick (strengthens the immune system).
—Reduces stress (possibly from the release of oxytocin).
—It’s a nonverbal form of communication.
—May ease blood flow and lower cortisol levels.
—May lower blood pressure.
—Can help alleviate fears.
And remember, both participants can benefit from one. You can really change someone’s day with a warm hug.
@ExtinctionRebellion (@XRScotland) climate protestors shut North Bridge to traffic during an 'International Day of Rebellion', asking for the government to declare a climate emergency, in Edinburgh, Scotland, on 16 April 2019.