Hugs… we all give them away. Some are solid bear hugs with a tight squeeze, maybe even with a slight swaying side to side, and others are light-hearted hugs. Or, if hugging the opposite sex, a nice side hug with a touch of the ribs and shoulders may be more appropriate (allthough I personally prefer the other). We all love hugs. At least most of us do, and here is why I think you should consider doubling up your efforts on hugging.
- The nurturing touch of a hug builds trust and a sense of safety
- Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger
- Holding a hug for an extended time lifts one’s serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness
- A hug is like a brief spell of meditation
- Hugs strengthen the immune system
- Hugs teach us how to give and receive
- Hugs are so much like meditation and laughter
- The energy exchange between the people hugging is an investment in the relationship.