I’m a Johnny-come-lately hugger. It took me until about 10 years ago to honestly get comfortable with giving random hugs. My reason? I think I was overly worried about the other person and whether or not THEY wanted a hug. (I’ve always been happy to GET a hug.) I suppose I didn’t want to be in someone’s space unless that’s what the person truly wanted. My oldest son (who moved to Japan 13 years ago) came home for a visit with a form of “hug protocol” that solved my hug dilemma. It’s simple enough. He asks! With his new sing-songy accent, he asks in his most charming voice (as he stretches his arms out towards you), “Little love?” Or, “Give me some sugar?” It’s so dang charming. Speaking of charming, here’s the most recent photo of our grandson.
How about you?
When you see people you love—or even like a whole lot—are you compelled to soak up a moment of closeness?
Well, then, it’s official:
you’re a hugger too.
Ever wondered why?
Well, besides the obvious happiness that happens during a hug, this catching condition is incredibly healthy in a scientific way.
—hugging is good for you.
Like veggies and exercise …
only sweeter and a whole lot easier and cheaper too.
A recent report featured in the Huggington Post (oops—that’s Huffington Post) confirms that hugging has the power to relieve stress, lower blood pressure, improve memory retention, and fight arterial plaque buildup.
That’s my kind of FREE supplement.
Experts believe that the feel-good brain chemicals serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin are behind the benefits. Oxytocin is the “love hormone” that floods into your brain that helps create the deep bond between mother and child, and the release of all three chemicals is triggered by touch.
A mere 20-second embrace can spur these chemicals into action, and your body starts reaping rewards instantaneously. According to University of Carolina research, women who hug a partner daily had lower blood pressure than those who don’t.
And how about the “hugging saint?” Thousands stand in line for a hug from Indian guru Mata Amritanandamayi, aka the Hugging Saint.