Published – 7-20-2013
Did you know that hugging, embracing and cuddling are a great way to increase overall well being?
Researches found that cuddling or even a brief hug has a very positive affect on our stress levels and it also helps to increase our ability to connect with others, loved ones or even strangers. Experts who research the biology of hugging trace it to the hormone called Oxytocin also known as the love hormone.
A simple embrace seems to increase levels of Oxytocin and researches found this chemical compound has a very positive affect on our body and mind. The Oxytocin boost seems to calm the nervous system, activate the parasympathetic nervous system, reduce blood pressure and lessen many stress related symptoms and pains. It creates a calming effect that can carry through for a few hours or even the whole day.
But that is not all, hugging especially with your loved ones; partners, family members and friends increases the bond you have with them. It allows powerful non verbal communication that vibrates love, acceptance and understanding to be felt immediately, without barriers or delays.
Touch is a wonderful natural way to increase our well being, so don’t forget to include it in your daily life.
Dalia Kenig, M.A.