Hugging: One More Time…

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‘Your hugs and kisses are like stars that light up my life when things get dark.’

Author Unknown.


When hugging, you put your arms around someone especially as a way of showing love or friendship.

A warm hug is good for your health. It is a natural way to relieve stress. When you hug someone, your muscles relax, releasing tension from the body. This sends a calming message to the brain. The stress hormone cortisol is reduced, as more oxytocin is released. This heals the feeling of isolation, loneliness and anger.

An extended hug has the benefit of heightening serotinin levels, which has a major impact of boosting your mood and creating happiness. This will ensure that you stay happy always.

Hugs are also good for the heart. When the muscles relax and the body tension is released, your heartbeat rate is lowered drastically. This has a direct impact in relieving your circulatory system from overwork.

The overall effect created takes away the pains. It soothes the body aches as blood is increasingly circulated into the soft body tissues.

A balancing in the nervous system is also noted when you hug someone. A change in conductance of the skin is shown by the galvanic response of the skin of both the giver and the receiver of the hug. This is suggested by the sympathetic state — portrayed through the effects of moisture and electric charges in the skin.

Hugging is also found to strengthen the immune system. The Solar Plexus of the body is activated by the gentle pressure that is imposed on the sternum together with the emotional charge that is created. This, in turn, stimulates the thymus gland (the gland responsible for regulation and balancing of the body’s production of white blood cells) taking care of your health and well being.

It also offers you a protection against colds and common viruses.

‘We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.’

Virginia Satir, Psychotherapist.

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