Research has shown that people who have more hugs are less likely to get sick and if they did, their symptoms would be less intense. Hugs relieve stress (lowers cortisol and decreases heart rate), builds our immune system and helps us sleep better!
Why? Hugging stimulates the release of oxytocin (our feel good social hormone) as well as endorphins. A good hug can also relieve feelings of isolation by helping us feel more connected to others.
Psychotherapist Virginia Satir states: ‘We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.’
If you see someone is looking stressed, give them a hug. If you are feeling overwhelmed or anxious and can’t find a human, hug your pet!!