A hug a day keeps the doctor away!

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Hugs are powerful.  They can be the comfort you need at the end of a long frustrating day, the impetus to express your grief, a display of complete happiness.  They can communicate “I have missed you” as much as “you will be missed”.  They can mean the difference between feeling connected or isolated, between hope and despair.  Never underestimate the power of a hug or of your ability to ground another person long enough for them to catch their breath, and see the possibilities they may have missed.  Hug often. Hug well.” – Author unknown

There is something so comforting to getting a hug from a friend, spouse or family member.  The warm feeling you get from a hug is more than comforting.  It is also health promoting.

Physical touch, such as the mighty hug, helps your brain, heart and emotions.    Hugs stir up the oxytocin in our bodies which is a feel good hormone produced in the brain.  Hugging is an exchange of positive energy.  Just being held in someone’s arms and feeling the love is so refreshing.  I always feel secure in the embrace of a hug.   Often I will just go to my sweetie and just give him a hug.  The hug I get back from him just sets me up for a sense of calm and the feeling of being safe.

There are many reasons to offer a hug to someone close.  Little children get hugs from their parents when they fall or get hurt.  That makes the little one feel better  just knowing that their Mom or Dad is there for them.  You may offer a hug to a friend who has just gone through a break up or some kind of emotional trauma.  Even hugging your pet gives you that oxytocin release that makes you feel comfort.  Hugs are so therapeutic.

It is a fact that hugging and physical contact reduces stress levels by lowering cortisol levels in the body as well as lowering blood pressure.  Just think of the calming feeling you get when you are in the midst of a good hug.  Everything stops.  You stop thinking about what you have to do next.  You stop stressing over things and you just let yourself give into the lovely calming feeling that comes from being hugged.

Click the play button in the picture below to see a short clip on a “FREE HUGS” campaign.  It’s really interesting.

Make hugging a daily part of your life.  You will reap so much from the connections.

“A hug is a handshake from the heart.”

“A hug is a great gift – one size fits all, and it’s easy to exchange. “

“A Mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go.”

“I have a present for you, but I need to borrow your arms for wrapping paper.”

(authors unknown)

 

 

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