Monday, November 21, 2016

Hugs and Health

Do hugs have any link with health? Studies indicate that there are many positives, perhaps more so that you might believe. Research on the benefits to the brain from giving and receiving hugs has identified many positives. Of course, positivity relates to genuine hugs where trust is present, and when this occurs, they trigger your body to release oxytocin, a hormone that acts as a neurotransmitter in the brain. This substance is designed to enhance ability to handle life's stressors and to decrease the level of stress hormones such as cortisol, lowering blood pressure in response to anxiety-producing events. Neuroeconomist Paul Zak, also known as ‘Dr. Love’, has said that you need at least eight hugs a day to be happier and enjoy better relationships. Some days you may get more than that, some days less, and eight may be a desirable average. According to Dr. Mercola, even a 10-second hug a day can lead to biochemical and physiological reactions in your body that can significantly improve your health. More tomorrow. 

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