We hug others when we are happy, excited, sad or trying to comfort others. Hugging makes us feel good and it turns out that hugging is proven to make us healthier and happy. According to scientists you need 8 hugs a day for maintenance, 12 hugs a day for growth. Scientists has also proven that the benefits of hugging go beyond that warm feeling you get when you hold someone in your arms.
1. Hugs reduce stress by showing support. When a friend is dealing with something painful or unpleasant in their lives give them a hug. Scientists say that giving another person support through touch can reduce the stress of the person being comforted. It can even reduce the stress of the person doing the comforting.
2. Hugs protect you from illness. The stress reducing effects might also work to keep you healthier.
3. Hugs make you happier. Oxytocin is a chemical in our body which its levels rise when we hug, touch or sit close to someone else. Oxytocin is associated with happiness and less stress.
4. Hugs helps reduce your fears. Scientists have found that hugs and touch can help reduce anxiety in people with low esteem. Hugs can also keep people from isolating themselves from other people.
5 hugs help you communicate with others. Most human communication occurs verbally or through facial expression but hugging is another important way that people can send messages to one another.
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