Why Hugs Are Healthy and How to Do Them Right
Did you know that hugging your partner makes them feel better emotionally? It’s not a coincidence that hugs are so individual and deep. They are universal and can be given to anyone, at any time. You see, when we’re happy or sad or stressed out, it’s because our bodies have adapted to match our mood. Our bodies release endorphins when we experience certain stimuli, like stress or love. These endorphins make us feel good by filling our brains with serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with feelings of well-being and contentment. In other words, hugging your significant other makes them feel better because it floods their brain with endorphins! But why is it that we’re so inclined to hug? And how can we do it properly? Believe it or not, the science on this is mixed. Many scientists think we shouldn’t hug people since it could hurt them. In fact, they say that hugs are unhealthy because the pressure they place on the person hugging us interferes with their breathing and circulation leading to swelling in the face and chest. But others say that when you hug someone tightly enough (i.e., for a few seconds), there’s actually some therapeutic value in doing so since it feels similar to actual physical contact from birth to death (and vice versa).
What is the science on hugging?
Although many people think of hugs as something they do to show affection, they are actually a powerful tool for certain medical and psychological conditions. For example, people with Asperger’s syndrome, autism, and brain injuries can benefit from hugging, as can minors in between parent and child, pregnant women, and older people. The science on hugging is pretty solid, however, and there’s good reason to think that it can improve both your and your partner’s health.
Why is hugging healthy?
A hug can make you feel happy and relaxed. It can also reduce your risk of anxiety, depression, and other negative feelings. Hugs are also known to increase circulation and boost immunity, making you feel healthier and more likely to fight off illness. Plus, they can help reduce stress levels and improve your memory.
How to do a hug right!
Remember to Hug! Hug frequently! Hug people in a short amount of time (i.e., a few seconds) twice a day. Pay attention to your feelings during those seconds. If you’re feeling sad, hug your partner tightly for just a few seconds. If you’re feeling happy, hug them for a longer duration. Pay attention to your breathing as well. If you’re feeling breathless, slow your breathing. If you notice your partner’s breathing getting heavier, pause the hug and take a few seconds to notice your breathing as well.
When should we hug?
If you’re with a friend, encourage them to hug too! Hugging is a form of social interaction and a way to show others that you love them. However, you should only hug people that you trust and whom you’re comfortable with. Hugging can be a powerful tool to show your partner that you love them, but it’s important not to hug strangers, since that could lead to a physical altercation.
The bottom line
Hugs are a powerful form of social interaction. Not only do they make you feel good, but they can also help reduce stress and improve your health. Plus they make your partner feel good too! So, when in doubt, give your partner a hug. You’ll both feel better afterward.