Hug Someone Today. Hug Health, Wellness and Productivity Benefits and The Science Behind Hugging

Hugging is good medicine and it doesn’t even come in a bottle that requires you to go to the pharmacy. Imagine that…

Hugging transfers energy and gives you and the other person an emotional lift. 

And it’s chemical…

Hugging activates the release of the hormone oxytocin and reduces cortisol levels. That gives you many great benefits… A study in Psychological Science titled

Does Hugging Provide Stress-Buffering Social Support? A Study of Susceptibility to Upper Respiratory Infection and Illness

Found that people who were hugged and felt socially supported also experienced less severe signs of sickness.

Hugs also lower heart rates and blood pressure.

The University of North Carolina conducted a study with 59 women and found some interesting results. After a short series of questions and general chatting about their partner, some women ended each session with a 20-second hug. The women who received a hug from their partners had lower blood pressure and heart rates during stressful sections of testing.

Hugs may also lower depression

You can probably agree that sometimes there’s nothing like a good hug when you’re feeling blue. A retirement home in New York decided to take this idea to a systematic level and implement a program called “Embraceable You.” 

It was a push for more contact between the older residents and staff members so as to improve the residents’ well-being. As it turned out, the residents who received three or more hugs per day felt less depressed, had more energy, could concentrate easier and slept better. 

Hugs will improve your relationship with your significant other. This is Brandon science for you. When my wife and I decided to make it a point to hug every morning we both felt better and it set a positive tone for the rest of the day regardless of what was ahead of us, it make it easier is the best way I can explain it.

Author and family therapist Virginia Satir once said, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth”.

All of these benefits are obviously going to make you feel better and as a result increase your productivity. And…. the coolest thing about hugs, you can’t give one without getting one.

Hug someone today.

Your move.

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