“Just remember you can’t put your arms around a memory, so hug someone you love today.” Anon
I present material about Stress to any organisation or business that wants to listen. In that I talk about research of the benefits of hugging. At the same time that this quote arrived in my inbox I got another email from an ‘alternative’ doctor in the states called Norm Shealy. He was quoting from Virginia Satir, creator of Family Therapy, “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”
He also quoted from a recent university study where they showed that, “hugs improved immunity and protection from individuals purposefully exposed to the cold virus. Hugs are one of the many ways to enhance mood, wellbeing and oxytocin, the most critical mood hormone for good self-esteem and ultimately health and longevity. Oxytocin-competent conscientious individuals live longer, are healthier and have a higher lifetime income.”
Some people are a lot more ‘huggy’ than others naturally. From what I have quoted here, you can see it is definitely a practice that is worthy of incorporating into your daily life. I’m not suggesting you go down the main street and hug everyone, as some have been known to do. But this information could give you the fuel to consciously decide to step up the number of hugs you engage in each day.