Saturday, June 15, 2013

Just hug a bit longer

When was the last time you hugged? Remember the feeling? The calm, the warm fuzzy feeling, doesn't it feel like home?

Did you know, the average length of a hug between two people is 3 seconds, but researchers have discovered something fantastic. When a hug lasts 20 seconds, there is a therapeutic effect on the body and mind. The reason is that a sincere hug produces a hormone called "oxytocin", also known as the love hormone. This substance has many benefits in our physical and mental health. It helps us, among other things, to relax, to feel safe and calm our fears and anxiety. A hug heals  loneliness, isolation, and anger.

Instead of buying calm and temporary happiness in form of pills and smokes, try hugging. This wonderful calming therapy is free of charge every time we have a person in our arms, when we cradled a child, cherish a cat or dog, dancing with our partner, or just hanging on to the shoulders of a friend. 
Have a hug today, it doesn't matter if you are giving or getting one. Just hug a bit longer.

I bet you will feel wonderful!

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