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7 Powerful Reasons We Should Hug More

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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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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3:07AM PST on Mar 9, 2013

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

4:24AM PST on Mar 5, 2013


5:02AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

nothing quite like a good hug big Hugs to all

5:00AM PST on Feb 1, 2013


4:54AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

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!

4:46AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

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

9:04AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

7:20PM PST on Jan 25, 2013

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...

5:00PM PST on Jan 23, 2013

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

12:08PM PST on Jan 23, 2013

Thank you.

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