Have you ever had one of those days where someone gave you a hug and somehow it just made you feel better? I know I have!
I once had a friend tell me that a hug literally changed him on the inside. He said that the day he allowed a friend at school to embrace him marked the first time in his life that he ever felt truly loved.
Hearing his story made me wonder if there was some kind of science to this. So I decided to look into it…
As it turns out, the simple act of hugging releases oxytocin, which is known as a ‘bonding hormone’. It makes us feel secure and even reduces stress levels. Studies have shown that oxytocin lowers blood pressure and heart rates. Hugging also boosts the immune system, alleviates tension and releases endorphins. Other studies revealed that ‘IQ development is delayed in children who don’t receive hugs’. A full body hug even stimulates the nervous system!
Virginia Satir, a family therapist and author, put it this way:
- We need 4 hugs a day for survival.
- We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance.
- We need 12 hugs a day for growth.
- Have you ever heard of the law of entanglement?
This law shows that everything is connected, and that there is no space or time dimension when it comes to matter and to life.