Positive Pause – 9th November 2015 – Hug Someone

hugging-each-otherThis week, reach out and simply hug someone! The benefits of this simple act of physical affection are numerous and go a long way to keeping you physically and mentally healthy.  The benefits include:

Reduced fear of death and mortality

In a study on fears and self-esteem, research published in the journal Psychological Science revealed that hugs and touch significantly reduce worry of mortality. The study found that hugging, even of an inanimate object like a teddy bear, helps to soothe and allows the hugger to experience a strong connection to the life force of consciousness.

Stimulates Oxytocin

Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter that acts on the limbic system, the brain’s emotional centre, promoting feelings of contentment, reducing anxiety and stress.

Lowers Heart Rate

In an experiment at the University of North Carolina, an experiment was conducted with two groups, one where participants who didn’t have any contact with their partners and developed a quickened heart rate of 10 beats per minute compared to a second group who got to hug their partners during the experiment and had only 5 beats per minute.

Dopamine, Serotonin & Cortisol

Releases both dopamine and serotonin and reduces the stress hormone cortisol whch in turn will keep your immune system strong.

 So, this week make sure to reach out and hug someone that you love, in particular hug any children or babies in your life as well-hugged children are less stressed as adults.