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.
Fi T.2 years ago

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

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton2 years ago

Thanks.

Bob P.
Bob P.3 years ago

nothing quite like a good hug big Hugs to all

paul m.
paul m.3 years ago

Thanks,,,,

tiffany t.
tiffany t.3 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!

Denise Morley
Denise Morley3 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

Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra3 years ago

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

Vicki Gentes
Vicki G.3 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...

Mary Donnelly
Mary Donnelly3 years ago

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

Shanti S.
S S.3 years ago

Thank you.