Build Happier Relationships with Hugs
In our personal relationships, hugs help us feel closer, build trust, and improve communication with the other person. Hugs have also been shown to improve memory, reduce stress, and provide a feeling of safety. This is not just an emotional reaction; it is also a physical one. Hugs release oxytocin which is like a relationship hormone. It is found in increased levels between moms and their newborn babies and in people with positive romantic relationships. Hugging also increases serotonin levels, which helps us feel happier and more relaxed. Hugs help improve the immune system and the production of white blood cells and help us release tension.
Hugs are another way of communicating the importance of people in our lives. Hugging sends the message that they are important to us and they matter. Hugs open us up when we are feeling constrained and up tight. It gives us permission to start a dialogue about what is bothering us and opens up channels of communication.
Try to give 8 hugs per day to feel happier and more connected.