A hug can be more powerful than you think, apart from making you feel warm and cared for, what more does a hug have to offer? From reducing physical pain to making us confident, here are shocking benefits of hugging:
1. Makes you feel less lonely:
When a person hugs, their brain releases a hormone known as oxytocin which is known to elevate feelings of intimacy. Oxytocin also relieves a person from feelings of isolation and loneliness.
2. Reduces anxiety, stress and depression:
People with disorders, such as anxiety, stress and depression, generally have low levels of dopamine. Hugging stimulates the release of dopamine (pleasure hormone) which promotes feelings of happiness in a person.
3. Hugging communicates feelings better:
According to research, the way we physically interact with people communicates a lot to them, sometimes even more than words can. Interpersonal touch such as- a hug, plays an important role in emotional well-being.
4. Hugging can relieve pain
A hug can relieve pain by releasing endorphins which block pain pathways. Moreover, hugging also improves circulation which removes pain peptides.
5. Hugs help you handle conflict
Recent studies suggest that giving or receiving a hug right after a conflict can subside bad feelings. So, the next time you get into a tiff, just hug it out consensually.
So hug your loved one this monsoon and experience its amazing benefits!