The Health Benefits of Hugging

Hugging is an extremely positive form of communication. It expresses the values of love, approval, gratitude and forgiveness. Hugging is a great form of emotional satisfaction, but it also has some surprising health benefits. In this article we will share with you the health benefits of hugging – the ones you probably haven´t thought about.

Top health benefits of hugging – it´s good for your heart and relationship + stress relief.

Top 3 Health Benefits of Hugging

1. Hugging reduces the risk of heart diseases

High blood pressure is one of the main risk factors for heart disease. Studies have also shown that hugging lowers blood pressure and with it reduces the risk of heart diseases. For people with weak hearts or high blood pressure, this one is probably the most important one from all the health benefits of hugging.

2. Hugging relieves stress and makes you feel calmer

Several studies have shown that hugging makes you happier (what a surprise!). Hugs increase the level of hormone called oxytocin. This hormone is a trigger for bonding and caring responses. This hormone makes you feel calmer and less anxious.

3. Hugging is good for your relationship

When you think about it – it´s pretty obvious. But do you know, how hugging is good for your relationship? Hugging releases the hormones serotonin and dopamine. Those hormones make you feel good and lift your mood. As a result you feel more closer to the person who makes you feel good. Good relationship has also a positive effect on your overall health.

Those were the top 3 health benefits of hugging. But there are also other health benefits of hugging that should inspire you to hug more – longevity, stronger immune system and higher self-esteem. Some studies have even shown that hugging reduces some symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

Inspire other people to hug more and share this article about the health benefits of hugging.

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  1. Cynthia says

    I’ve always been a person that appreciates a good hug. A true hug. Seeing this article reaffirmed what I have felt my entire life.

  2. Ben says

    I practice Yoga three times a week, and I’m not an addictive Yogi. But what I can recommend is bringing your own Yoga mat, and a bottle of water. Don’t go into class with the notion of I can’t do it because that’s not what Yoga is about. Yoga is about being at One with the inner Self. I’m not trying to complicate things, but do what you can do in class. If the instructor offers a variation of a position, you might want to hold off until you get the basics down. I only say this because pushing yourself too hard (trust me, I’ve done it) is not good on the body. Take it easy. Remember too that Yoga is not a competition.Also, I recommend yogi toes, a skid-less towel.

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