In this house, we hug. Now, I’m totally uncomfortable hugging strangers most of the time, but I’ve gotten better about it because I hug my boys so much that it’s become second nature. Lately, I need the hugs more than anyone, and I can tell you that the hugs help for a reason.
Here are 4 Reasons Why We Need Hugs!
- Human contact (like hugs) increases levels of oxytocin in the blood, which makes us feel less lonely, angry, etc. If you ever feel like you might start yelling at someone, go find someone to hug instead and see how quickly your anger dissipates. Hugs calm my son all the time. It’s all about that chemical!
- Speaking of chemicals, if you hold a hug long enough, it also increases your levels of serotonin, the happiness-boosting hormone. It’s like a mini-antidepressant!
- Hugging your children makes them feel safe, secure, and loved, leading to healthier relationships.
- It just feels good!
On stressful days, I hug my children more than ever, and they get extra love. My husband does too. We all need that extra boost, right? When my children fall down, get hurt, or feel sad, a hug picks them back up. I’m going to go get a hug right now and then I’m going to bed. Tomorrow’s Friday the 13th and I’m going to need some extra calming hormones to get through the work day.
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