Neurologist Shekar Raman MD reportedly said, ‘A hug, pat on the back, and even a friendly
handshake are processed by the reward center in the central nervous system,
which is why they can have a powerful impact on the human psyche, making us
feel happiness and joy… And it doesn't matter if you're the toucher or touchee.
The more you connect with others—on
even the smallest physical level—the
happier you'll be.’
Psychotherapist Virginia Satir posited that you need four hugs a day for survival, eight hugs a day
for maintenance, and twelve hugs a day for growth. Some have suggested that
this may represent some type of ‘hug threshold’ that triggers your brain and
body to produce ample amounts of
oxytocin, the naturally occurring substance released in response to physical
much do you hug? Did your family members routinely share hugs with each other
and close friends? Fortunately, hugging is a learned skill that you can develop
any time you choose to do so. Hug for your brain-body health.