Happiness is in the hug

During lockdown, a hug is something that we all have missed so much. It’s been a really difficult year for so many and for some it’s been very isolating.

With us being able to expand our 'bubbles' over the festive period, try grabbing a BIG hug from your nearest and dearest if you can. Because, let's be honest, we all need it!

According to studies, hugging can help reduce the chances of a person getting sick. How ironic as we haven’t been able to go near anyone for nearly a year!

It can also have profound effects on reducing your blood pressure, so being in an affectionate relationship is actually GOOD for your heart.

When we get a hug, our body also releases copious amounts of Oxytocin and, when these levels rise, we feel happier and less stressed. Self-esteem can also be boosted, along with reducing anxiety.

A hug has also been proven to scientifically reduce fear. Even the act of a cuddle with a teddy bear – can help reduce feelings of uncertainty.

Hugging has even been reported to reduce pain and inflammation.

So, how many hugs should you have a day to feel these health benefits? The answer is…we should have as many as possible if we want to reap the greatest positive results!

Living a solitary or busy life with reduced social interaction and touching has a huge negative impact on all our lives.

Even if you are only with one or two people in your bubble this Christmas - make sure you have plenty of hugs. Even if only brief, it can make you feel better about yourself, reduce your stress and improve communication and feelings of happiness.

Happy hugging!


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