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:
- 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!