Fun facts about hugging

Snoopy and woodstock hugging

Thank you Charles Schulz for giving us Snoopy and Woodstock. They are good huggers!

This is a great article to share:  How hugging makes you happier and healthier.  I’m a follower of Dr. Mercola.  He publishes a very informative email newsletter about health that is always intriguing (just be ready to see a lot of ads though). Believe me, I am quite selective about what emails I subscribe to, and Dr. Mercola’s newsletters are worthwhile.

Here are the highlights from his article about hugging:

A 10-second hug a day can lead to biochemical and physiological reactions in your body that can significantly improve your health. According to one study, this includes:

  • Lower risk of heart disease
  • Stress reduction
  • Fight fatigue
  • Boost your immune system
  • Fight infections
  • Ease depression

Hugs are one of the most succinct ways to encourage your body to release oxytocin, the ‘love hormone’.

Since touch anywhere on your body, as well as positive interactions and psychological support, are known to increase oxytocin levels, you might also consider:

  • Holding hands and kissing
  • Giving and receiving a backrub
  • Nurturing others
  • Getting a massage
  • Practicing mind-body therapies like breathing exercises and yoga

So get a hug today!


2 thoughts on “Fun facts about hugging

  1. You know how I feel about hugs…. I don’t understand why some of these foundations for Cancer etc…. don’t due a hugathon. Not everyone can cycle or run but we all can hug. So maybe something to think about. So sending you a big one and will deliver it in person next we meet. Great share master.

    • A hug-a-thon! Wow, what a neat idea! I know when I was going through the treatment phase of my cancer, it was just surprising and lovely when someone I didn’t know made an in-the-moment connection with a hug. It wasn’t weird, it was heart-warming and lovely. And when I finish teaching a meditation class, I often get hugs from some students. It’s so good for the soul.

      You are a great person to arrange the first ever hug-a-thon Grasshopper!


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