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5 Healing Benefits of Hugging

Filed Under: General Wellness & Wellbeing at 4:31 pm | By: Jessica Justh

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching it can seem like love is everywhere you look for it – chocolate, flowers, those little heart-shaped candies that seem to only be available in February (the month’s version of Halloween candy corn).

Love, of course, is not just limited to presents, junk food and tchotchkes. Valentine’s Day can be physical, too, including the simple act of enveloping your loved one in a warm embrace. Research shows that when you give someone a hug your brain produces oxytocin — the love hormone. This substance has many benefits, including some we listed below:

Reduce Stress

When you wrap your arm around someone you care for your cortisol levels – which measures what is referred to as the “stress hormone” – take a nosedive. Secreted in high amounts during the body’s ‘fight or flight’ response to stress, the security that comes along with a comforting hug from a loved one helps keep this hormone in check.

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Research from University of North Carolina showed that a good hug can help ease blood flow lower a person’s heart rate.

Fight Fatigue

One 10-second hug per day can lead to biochemical and physiological reactions in your body that can significantly improve your stamina and energy levels.

Boost Immune Function

Hugging creates pressure on the sternum which activates the Solar Plexus chakra, stimulating the thymus gland. This gland is responsible for regulating white blood cell production, which helps keep our bodies disease-free.

Improve Mood

So-called “happy hormones” such as serotonin, endorphins and dopamine, AKA the pleasure hormone, are released when we hug.  Keeping these hormones elevated can help fight depression and Parkinson’s disease.

Now for the fun part: go hug it out!



4 Responses to “5 Healing Benefits of Hugging”

  1. Karen says:

    Thanks for the great info. Based on the article, I need several hugs a day.

    Love the Lucky Vitamin employee Valentine picture! So cute.

  2. Irene says:

    Thank You, awesome! 🙂

  3. Cate says:

    How sweet of you all to send us Valentine’s wishes and the HUG information (and it was fun to see who I’ve been doing business with these past few years)!

    You folks at Lucky are always so helpful and I simply couldn’t afford as many of the supplements and organic products I use without your great prices.

    Keep up the good work!

    Hugs to You All from one of your happy customers.

    Cate in TN

  4. Mari says:

    The article has a point. I come from a hugging family and everyone was always positive, even when there were trials. Then I moved away from home, and the hugging stopped and I had serious things happen to me. I developed illnesses that landed me in critical care. Now I am around huggers and I am doing great. : )
    Plus I get to return hugs too! And that makes me feel joy, when someone smiles. : )
    Wrap your arms around someone and make them feel good. ; )

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