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Hug Someone You Love

Hug Someone you Love

I’m not a very physically affectionate person, but there are definitely times when a hug is the best medicine. There are plenty of reasons why you should hug someone on a regular basis.

Reminders of Childhood

Hugging someone harkens back to the safety of being a child in the loving arms of a parent or grandparent. When you feel as though one more thing will be one thing too much, and burn out is approaching, taking the time to hug someone you trust can make a tremendous difference. It can also open the door to a more intimate and transparent conversation about how you are feeling and what you need to get through this time.

Hug someone to reassure both of you that your relationship is good

When my kids were little—and even now, when they get into trouble, I have always tried to talk to them afterward and reassure them that our relationship is good. I ask them if they want a hug. Every single time they say yes. Those hugs often result in tears of relief. Kids and many adults can become insecure after an argument.

The Science Behind Why You Should Hug Someone

When you hug someone, your serotonin levels increase. Serotonin is known as the ‘feel-good’ hormone because it helps to make us feel happy, relaxed and confident. It also acts as an appetite controller, and mood regulator. In addition, hugging releases oxytocin and causes the body to produce dopamine, which reduces symptoms of depression. All of that simply says that hugging makes you feel good.

For more information, check out this great article which includes 20 reasons hugging is good for you can be found here.

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In 2012 doctors diagnosed my husband, Dan, with stage IV lung cancer. Since then, our family has been learning what it means to face cancer. I’ve focused my writing and speaking on helping cancer patients and their families advocate for themselves and live life to the fullest, in spite of their illness. My goal is to help people face cancer with grace.

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One comment on “Hug Someone You Love

As you rightly say, a simple Hug goes a long way to say many things .. words not required to just say sorry/thank you/hang-in-there/I-am-with-you and so much more. Happy AtoZ!
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