The Importance of a Good Hug

Hugging is an integral part of life. Have you ever heard the saying, “they weren’t hugged enough as a child” there are studies to back this up. According to parentingforbrain.com, “skin contact or physical touch, such as hugging, is one of the most important stimulation required to grow a healthy brain and strong body. Hugs are good for emotional health. Nothing can calm a tantrum faster than a hug from mom”. There are of course other reasons in the article such as helping to bond, and making happy kids, that are worth reading.

Hugging is not just good for children, as there are also health benefits for adults. According to an article from usnews.com, “besides helping you feel close and connected to people you care about, it turns out that hugs can bring a host of health benefits to your body and mind. Believe it or not, a warm embrace might even help you avoid getting sick”.  Wow, imagine that, your immune system might actually be stronger just from simple hugs. The article goes on to state that, “a 2005 study from the University of North Carolina fond that pre-menopausal women who got more frequent hugs from their partners had lower blood pressure then peers who didn’t get as many”. The reason is believed to be in part to the hormone oxytocin which can be released during hugging.

The article is insightful, and a good read, if you are looking for ways to naturally stay healthy. Don’t delay, start hugging more now!

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