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Virginia Satir, an American author and psychotherapist who is widely regarded as the “Mother of Family Therapy,” said this about hugs and hugging:

“We need 4 hugs a day for survival.
We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance.
We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”
~ Virginia Satir ~

My family is a family of huggers, so it is no surprise that I have always been a firm believer in hugging. There are excellent reasons for hugging, so I thought I would share them with you.

16 Reasons You NEED To Hug

There are many reasons that you need to hug whether you initiate giving the hug or receiving the hug.

  1. Hugging boosts the “the love hormone” oxytocin which increases feelings of trust, attachment, connection and intimacy. Oxytocin heals the feelings of anger, loneliness and isolation.
  2. Hugs boosts serotonin levels which elevates the mood and increases feelings of happiness.
  3. Hugging lowers the hormone cortisol which lowers stress and anxiety.
  4. Hugging reduces heart rate and blood pressure.
  5. Hugs help ease fatigue.
  6. A hug reduces pain by increasing circulation into the soft tissues.
  7. Hugging relaxes muscles and releases the tension being held in the muscles.
  8. Hugs ease depression.
  9. A hug stimulates the pleasure hormone dopamine which is associated with motivation.
  10. Hugging strengthens the immune system by reducing inflammation and assists in wound healing.
  11. Because of the sense of touch exchanged, hugging improves the nervous system function and provides better parasympathetic balance.
  12. Coupled with verbal communication, the non-verbal communication shared during hugging improves understanding in relationships.
  13. A hug lowers glucose levels which aids diabetics improve their health.
  14. Hugs are here and now. You must be present during a hug. Because you can’t do other tasks while hugging, you learn to remain in the present, slow down and be patient.
  15. Hugs teach you that relationships are based on giving and receiving. It is a two way street.
  16. Hugging increases self-esteem because you feel special, wanted, needed and loved. This in turn boosts your self-love.

So if you are the kind of person who feels hugging invades your personal space, think about what I just shared with you. Maybe you can lower your guard a bit and receive the beneficial effects of good hugs everyday.

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