submitted by Susan B. Apollon, Psychologist, Author, www.TouchedbytheExtraordinary.com
Remember how safe and special you felt as a child when you received long, loving hug or a loved one held your hands?
You could feel their love running through you and your heart.
Hugs feed your body and soul.
Your 60 trillion cells recognize the healing value of touch and of being hugged with warmth, caring and love.
Science has proven hugs and the power of touch are beneficial for many reasons.
1. Hugs and holding hands validate and empower you, enabling you to feel valued, worthwhile, lovable and capable of both giving and receiving love.
2. In times of uncertainty, a loss of identity, or purpose, as with grief and trauma, a hug offers you comfort and security, similar to your mom’s frequently uttered words: “Everything will be alright.”
3. If communication is an issue for you, holding hands or a long hug communicate “I care about you!”
4. The heart is where we most feel the impact of genuine love. When hugging, our hearts connect with one another, decreasing our feelings of loneliness. “Heart to heart” hugs let us know we are not alone, but actually connected to one another.
5. Also, loving hugs and holding hands lower our blood pressure and heart rate!
6. When we hug, we produce oxytocin, a hormone that reduces our stress level, relaxes us, improves our health, including immunity, and makes us feel happier!
Bottom-line, hugs and holding hands release oxytocin for both the giver and receiver, reduce stress, improve immunity and leave you feeling more joyful and peaceful.
When you recognize someone is hurting emotionally or physically, do not hesitate to offer them a long, heartfelt hug or hold their hands.
The more hugs a day, the better!