Hugs are great, they make you feel good, they are a good way of showing affection, and even for little kids, this is an instinctual behavior. What’s strange, is that when we grow up, hugs become less likely. We lose that ability to just hug people whenever we want to, because of social norms, work environments, and just fear of being misunderstood.
However, physical touch is as important to adults as it is for kids. In fact, science says you should hug more, and here are the reasons why.
Hugs increase the levels of oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin in your brain, all of which are considered to be happiness hormones. Oxytocin makes you feel content and relaxed, dopamine is responsible for pleasure and serotonin controls your mood and makes you feel happier.
Hugs are very important for stress reduction. On one hand, a hug is a great way to comfort a person, show love and support, which makes people feel good. And on the other hand, hugs lower stress hormones in the body, and increase the happy hormones. It’s a win-win situation.
Therapists say that 8 hugs a day are a minimum of what you should have in order to simply maintain your mental health. To improve it you need twelve hugs a day, but honestly, the more – the better. Combine this knowledge with everything we’ve mentioned above, like lower blood pressure, stress reduction, improved self-esteem, and even pain management, and you don’t have to be a genius to realize that hugs are great for your overall health.