Hug Your Way To Happiness, Here’s How
On the occasion of it being International Women’s Day tomorrow, we decided to examine the reasons why one of the most intimate things bringing the two genders closer can actually pave the way to happiness for both men and women.
The Way to Happiness Through Our Minds And Bodies
When we take someone into our arms, a happiness-inducing hormone called oxytocin is released from our brain, spreading that familiar feeling of warmth all over our bodies. It is also the hormone that helps us create strong bonds with our loved ones. So, when we hug someone our mind records the experience and puts us in each other’s good books.
Another psychological benefit of hugging is described in a study published in the Psychological Science journal. According to the study, it has been found that hugs soothe our fears of death and make us feel more reassured that things will be alright.
It is not only existential anxiety that is alleviated by hugs, though, it is also stress caused by our everyday worries and pressure. It has been proven that when we embrace someone, cortisol, the stress hormone, is reduced in our bodies, thus making us feel much calmer.
Physical Benefits of Hugs
When it comes to physical health, hugging is a kind of medicine. According to scientific research, hugs improve our health by lowering our blood pressure levels, making our hearts work better and regulating blood flow.
The hormones released through hugging have also been described as deterrents for serious diseases such as depression, while embraces also strengthen our immune system by stimulating the thymus gland, which regulates the body’s production of white blood cell, thus making us more resistant to diseases.
Well, now you know some of the scientific reasons why hugs can pave the way to happiness, you can spread the word (and the hugs) around you.