“It is a great day to hug someone. Isn’t that every day?”
Would you like to feel on top of the world today? You should give a hug to a loved person. The tighter the hug, the better it will be. “Mental hugs” do not count. They have to be physical. Now, we all know that a hug can make us feel good, but why does our body need that?
Why our body needs a hug on a daily basis?
Liz Bonis, a medical reporter for Local 12 New Cincinnati, affirms:
“Some studies have shown that this simple act of kindness may have benefit to those that give, as well as those that receive.”
It sounds great, right? However, what are the benefits? It increased the production of oxytocin in the body, which also explains why hugs make us feel great, as we mentioned before. Let us examine what oxytocin is and what bodily benefits does it have. Oxytocin is a neurotransmitter that helps the emotional center of the brain with feelings of happiness, as well as reduction of stress and anxiety. Look lively, ladies, as it has also been shown that oxytocin makes men more affectionate and bond better.
Do you want to have better sex? Hugging has also been proven to increase the sexual performance, so it is the very own Viagra of the body. The Big O – which is oxytocin, in this case, brings to the table far more than just making you bond more, as well as enjoy quality sex. It aids the curtailment of cortisol, the hormone to deal stress that can hurt the body if it is present for longer periods of time. So, this combination can also lead to better sleep. On another way, according to one research by the University of North Carolina, the Big O and hugging combine so well is that it helps protect against heart disease. This also happens as a result of those that do not hug their romantic partners have increased the heart rate by ten beats per minute.
One such study which Liz Bonis from Local 12 News Cincinnati describes is the one by Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The study suggests that hugging, as well as social support, is going to make you less likely to be ill due to stress. CMU also experimented to prove this on 404 healthy adults. For every one of these test subjects for fourteen evenings without fail, questionnaires were on the pulse for social support, as well as interpersonal conflicts and hug frequencies were noted by the team via telephone interviews.
After those 14 days elapsed, they were all purposely exposed to the common cold virus, and they were monitored in quarantine to look at the infection as a whole, as well as signs, and symptoms. The results have shown a lowered risk of infection which was a connection with conflicts mentioned above due to social support. Hugs also made up roughly 33% of the total protective social support, which is a considerable amount by all accounts. Among those that infected with the common cold, symptoms were milder for those that received social support and engaged in frequent hugging, regardless of whether or not they endured any conflict. Unlike pills and some other forms of medication, hugs cost nothing regarding your wallet. How is that for a great feeling?
In brief, hugging will make you feel positively happy, healthy, sexy, and smiling.
And all of this with help from the Big O, without leaving a hole in your pocket regarding having to buy medication. Unluckily, we are not able to hug you to say thanks for reading our article. However, what we can do is support you to hug crazy friends, as well as family and even people that you do not even know. If you wish, you can blame us for your sudden enthusiasm for a simple, everyday act which creates so many feel-good vibes. Go on, catch the Hug Bug and release the Big O into the world!