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5 Reasons To Give Your Loved Ones More Hugs

Wong Shu Lee  


  November 05, 2022

Hug a Bear Day is observed every year on November 7. 


You are not advised to go out and embrace real bears on this day; it will be exceedingly risky and might not end well. Hug a Bear Day was designed to raise awareness about the advantages of hugging. 


We all need hugs. Hugging can make us feel warm, comforted, and, most importantly, loved. Hug A Bear Day is the ideal time to give a big hug to your loved ones and your adorable teddy bears. 


Read on to find out some benefits of hugging. 


Hugs reduce stress by showing your support


When a friend or family member is dealing with something painful or unpleasant in their lives, give them a hug.


Scientists say that giving another person support through touch can reduce the stress of the person being comforted. It can even reduce the stress of the person doing the comforting. 


In one study of twenty heterosexual couples, men were given unpleasant electric shocks. During the shocks, each woman held the arm of her partner.


Researchers found that the parts of each woman’s brain associated with stress showed reduced activity while those parts associated with the rewards of maternal behavior showed more activity. When we hug someone to comfort them, these parts of our brain may show a similar response.


Hugs may protect you against illness


The stress-reducing effects of hugging might also work to keep you healthier.


In a study of over 400 adults, researchers found that hugging may reduce the chance a person will get sick. The participants with a greater support system were less likely to get sick. And those with a greater support system who did get sick had less severe symptoms than those with little or no support system.


Hugs can make you happier


Oxytocin is a chemical in our bodies that scientists sometimes call the “cuddle hormone.” This is because its levels rise when we hug, touch, or sit close to someone else. Oxytocin is associated with happiness and less stress.


Scientists have found that this hormone has a strong effect on women. Oxytocin causes a reduction in blood pressure and of the stress hormone norepinephrine.


One study found that the positive benefits of oxytocin were strongest in women who had better relationships and more frequent hugs with their romantic partner. Women also saw the positive effects of oxytocin when they held their infants closely.


Hugs help reduce your fears


Scientists have found that touch can reduce anxiety in people with low self-esteem. Touch can also keep people from isolating themselves when reminded of their mortality.


They found that even touching an inanimate object — in this case, a teddy bear — helped reduce people’s fears about their existence.


Hugs help you communicate with others


Most human communication occurs verbally or through facial expressions. But touch is another important way that people can send messages to one another.


Scientists have found that a stranger was capable of expressing a wide range of emotions to another person by touching different parts of their body. Some emotions expressed include anger, fear, disgust, love, gratitude, happiness, sadness, and sympathy.


Hugging is a very comforting and communicative type of touch. However, do be more mindful when giving a hug to someone, especially if the person is of the opposite gender. Consider offering a hug by opening up your arm instead of hugging him/her without permission. 


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