Hugging, the most comforting act of all times. A warm lovey-dovey hug can surely speak a thousand words! Remember the moments when all you needed was a hug from your mom, best friend, brother/sister or your beloved one? Whether it's a big-fat bear hug, a quick squeeze or a long affectionate hug/cuddle, hugging can surely change your mood in literally a couple of seconds. Because the world just needs more affectionate hugs, here are seven reasons why you should hug more:
1. Hugging someone for quite a long time can boost your serotonin levels, which directly elevates your happiness hormones by creating a sense of security.
2. When someone wraps you up in their arms, surprisingly your muscles will relax and release tension from your body's soft tissues. This will eventually lead to removing the pain away from both; your body and muscles. Two birds, one stone!
3. Hugs aren't only good for your physical health, but your mental health too! Hugging makes you let go of everything and just live the moment. Next time you fight with your loved one, make sure to make-up for it by giving them a big fat hug and everything will magically seem a bit better.
4. The act of hugging itself encourages you to be more tender, loving and giving. Meaning, that if someone approached you for a hug, you won't help but wrap your arms around them and hug back! It's just a two-way affectionate action that encourages embracing feelings equally.
5. Hugging is surely not only about interlocked arms. When you hug someone, your sense of trust towards him/her will increase, leading to better a bonding experience. This basically promotes the feeling of devotion, loyalty and better understanding for one another.
6. Remember how you felt good about yourself last time you came back home to find a warm hug waiting for you? Undoubtedly, hugs have their own way of boosting your self-esteem and making you feel good and appreciated. If someone is just frightened or unsure about something, a simple hug can break down walls and make them less vulnerable.
7. Surprise surprise! Did you know babies who were hugged more often by their parents tend to be less stressed as they grow older? Do your child, nephew or niece a favor and hug them frequently!
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