Get over here and let me hug you!
The nurturing touch of a hug builds trust and a sense of safety. This helps with open and honest communication. Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger. A hug can do so much and take care of many things all at once*. Check this out!
I could not believe this when I read it off google but this is verbatim: The 20 Second Hug Is 17 Seconds Too Long. There are studies that have shown that a twenty second hug reduces the harmful, physical effects of stress, including its impact on your blood pressure and heart rate. Who would not want something that can do all of that in one simple action.
I know that hugs are sometimes just the thing you need to bring you out of a funk or just to feel that sense of security from a loved one or someone you admire. Pastors at Christianity Today state that touch doesn’t just feel good, it is vital to being human. http://www.christianitytoday.com/pastors/2014/october-online-only/rob-moll-spiritual-power-physical-touch.html
The article also clearly states that Despite our need for human touch throughout life, our culture lacks practices that provide this kind of intimacy beyond sexual relationships. What does that say to you? We don’t appreciate each other enough? We don’t value the existence of other human beings in our lives? We are afraid to touch each other out of fear of being misunderstood? Come on people…WE NEED HUGS! They are vital and beneficial to our lifespan and show that we are sympathetic and empathetic enough to show that we care by this action.
So get out there and hug someone today! We are in such crazy times that maybe just one hug can change the mindset of the people in the world today. Try it out!
*Article can be found at https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5756/10-Reasons-Why-We-Need-at-Least-8-Hugs-a-Day.html