Today is National Hugging Day. But if you know me, every day is a hug day! Hugging wasn't a big part of my childhood, but I have grown in to an avid hugger as an adult! And there are so many reasons why hugging should be a part of our daily routines.
Hugging is good for the heart and the soul, and numerous studies have shown that hugging is essential for our health. It is also a powerful form of communication, letting the other person know that they matter.
Hugging is good for the heart - it releases the hormone oxytocin, which is the warm and fuzzy hormone! Hugs can also lower your blood pressure.
Hugs can help you be more mindful and bring you in to the present moment. Have you ever noticed time stand stills when you get a really good hug? That's why a hug that lasts more than 20 seconds is optimal for getting that oxytocin flowing!
Hugging helps reduce stress by reducing the stress inducing hormone cortisol, releasing tension in the body, and sending calming messages to the brain. And we all need that right now!
Hugging is good for everyone of any age. It helps babies become well adjusted adults, and can combat loneliness in older adults.
So how many hugs do we need? According to family therapist Virginia Satir, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” So bring on the hugs!
Getting our daily quota has been tough during the pandemic, and hugging our favourite people has not always been possible. But any hug is a good hug! Learn more about the benefits of hugging here.
Sending virtual hugs to you all!