When we are hugged, we experience many different feelings such as love, understanding, comfort, care and many others. One could say that hugging is a form of therapy itself and that its one of the greatest thing we humans can receive from one another. Wouldn’t it just be a great idea to give hugs everyday?
The physiological effects of a hug are perhaps greater than many people are aware of. When we receive a hug our bodies respond in an extraordinary way.
1. Hugging relaxes your body
Being embraced causes our muscles to release tension and as a result our body feels relaxed.
2. Stress levels go down
Our stress reduces immediately. The reason is that our cortisol level is lowered really fast. Our mind calms down and the body becomes soft.
3. Nervous system is balanced
Tiny sensors within our skin, called pacinian corpuscles, are linked to our brain through the vagus nerve. The vagus nerve stimulation has been shown to improve the nervous condition.
4. Slows heart rate down
A study conducted by the University of North Carolina showed that the participants who didn’t hug with their partners at all or not often had a heart beat of 10 beats per minute while participants who did get hugged a lot had a heart beat of 5 beats per minute.
5. Overall mood is better
During a hug our bodies start to produce more serotonin and endorphins. These chemicals are essential for a positive attitude and a general feeling of happiness. People who are lonely or unhappy do not produce enough serotonin.