7 Powerful Reasons We Should Hug More

“A hug is the perfect gift- one size fits all and nobody minds if you exchange it. ” ― Irvin Ball

There was a time when hugs were given freely, but we seem to live in an increasingly hands-off world, making do with superficial pecks on the cheek and a token embrace. The findings of a study on how hugs heal the heart make me sure that if we hugged more, the world would be a happier, safer place. According to various research studies, here’s what a simple hug can do:

  • Reduce blood pressure and slow down the pulse rate
  • Bring down levels of the stress hormone, cortisol
  • Increase levels of oxytocin, the love hormone, which makes the heart feel good
  • Increase the production of serotonin and dopamine, which make the brain feel good. In fact, those who get regular hugs are twice as likely as non-huggers to say that they’re ‘in a terrific state of mind.’
  • Strengthen romantic relationships—hugging and holding hands often contributes more to closeness than frequent sexual intercourse
  • Received, it can make you feel protected and more confident
  • Given, it can make someone else’s day.

So, don’t just shake hands or say ‘Hello’, step forward and give a hug. Hug your partner, children, friends, parents and pets—you’ll do them and yourself a world of good!

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15 comments

Fiona T.
Past Member 4 years ago

Let's never neglect simple but essential things like this in life

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Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton4 years ago

Thanks.

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Bob P.
Bob P4 years ago

nothing quite like a good hug big Hugs to all

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paul m.
paul m4 years ago

Thanks,,,,

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tiffany t.
tiffany t4 years ago

I love giving hugs! I noticed some people that are uncomfortable with hugs will pat you on the back. Summerannie M is absolutely correct, hugs are powerful! And the "air huggers" are uncomfortable too : ) but just like anything else in life the more they are exposed, the more comfortable they will become. Free hugs for everyone!

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Denise Morley
Denise Morley4 years ago

Thank you for sharing! I enjoy hugs but am rather timid about giving them, my sister is a hugger and I've always admired her for that

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Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

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Vicki Gentes
Vicki G4 years ago

Amen! I can't help but hug people and show the love flowing out from me! The more I am conscious of the preciousness of each moment and the value of every human being, the more I want everyone to feel like the loved and worthy person that they are...

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Mary Donnelly
Mary Donnelly4 years ago

Wonderful post, thanks. We need to get away from our computers etc.

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Shanti S.
S S4 years ago

Thank you.

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