Research proposes that hugging promotes healing, improves loneliness, relieves depression and reduces stress.
Indeed, a warm, nurturing hug – respectful of personal and cultural boundaries – increases serotonin and oxytocin which work to elevate mood and reduce feelings of anger and isolation. Research also suggests hugs strengthen the immune system.
By relaxing our muscles, hugs release tension and serve to produce feelings of balance.
Over time, hugs teach us how to give and to receive, build trust, boost self-esteem and develop a sense of safety.
Hugs signal willingness to invest in relationships.
They teach us to let go and be present in the moment. Through hugs we improve mindfulness and the quality of our relationships.
Reference: Felicetti, M., 2012. 10 Reasons Why We Need at Least 8 Hugs a Day. Online [available at]: https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5756/10-Reasons-Why-We-Need-at-Least-8-Hugs-a-Day.html