Hugging is not just a simple act of embracing someone closely; it is actually a therapeutic experience that is known to have several health benefits. Family therapist Virginia Satir says that every person needs four hugs a day for survival, eight a day for maintenance, and 12 a day for growth. Here’s why you need to give out more hugs today:
- Hugs can boost your oxytocin levels instantly, thus driving away feelings like anger, isolation and loneliness.
- Maintaining a hug for an extended time can raise ones serotonin levels, thus elevating the mood, and making one happier.
- When you hug, there is a gentle pressure on the sternum that creates an emotional charge that activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This, in turn, stimulates the thymus gland, which balances and regularizes the body’s production of white blood cells. This reduces stress and keeps away diseases too.
- Hugging also relaxes your muscles and releases tension in the body, which then eases pain and boosts circulation.
- It has been compared to meditation and the act of laughing. It can help you let go of things and bring you back to the present moment. It connects you with your heart, your feelings and your breath.