Give a Hug, Get a Hug

Give a Hug, Get a Hug

“I love hugging. I wish I was an octopus, so I could hug ten people at a time.”

— Drew Barrymore

Apart from the fact that an octopus has 8 arms and could one-arm hug 8 people, or 4 really good hugs, I completely get what Drew was talking about.

I’m not normally a hugger; I don’t like people to be too close to me unless I’ve invited you into my bubble, but when I choose to hug, it’s going to be a real hug. One that makes you feel like someone really cares, because I do. Hugs make people feel secure so why are people still giving the rubbish, one-arm, my-attention-is-elsewhere kinda hugs?

So, if you ever needed a reason to give someone a cuddle, here are a few.

  • Cuddling increases feelings of safety, security, trust, strength, healing, self-worth, belonging, happiness and appreciation
  • A hug encourages bonding by increasing the levels of oxytocin in the body
  • As hugging increases oxytocin and reduces cortisol – it leads us to a healthy heart and lower blood pressure (good for those with hypertension)
  • Hugs also lower our heart rate, promoting a calming effect
  • Full body hugs stimulate the nervous system
  • So turn to the person next to you (but obviously if it’s the strange neighbour who walks around naked, don’t do that…) and give them a hug. You never know who might need one!

If I still haven’t convinced you to cuddle a human, grab a teddy instead. Sleeping with a teddy can help increase sleep quality. Build A Bear, anyone?

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