I love hugs.
I love to give hugs as much as I like to receive hugs. I have found that hugs can be a mood lifter indeed. I have seen it happen to people and I have experienced it myself.
I love hugs.
That said, you’ll understand why I am going to be taking my time to expose the importance of hugs in this first series after which I will talk about ‘A Father’s hug’ in the next series.
The word ‘hug’ is believed to come from the word ‘hugga’, meaning ‘to comfort’ in the Old Norse language, first appearing approximately 450 years ago in Scandinavia.
I have met some guys and ladies that really do need to learn how to hug, some outrightly feel awkward when hugged and I wonder. Some guys have given me the ‘G-alert!’ look when I open my arms to them for a hug and their look just amuses me.
Have you ever hugged someone and they place their head,no, not head, their forehead pointing wickedly at your chest like a knife with their rear shooting out behind.
I don’t know if that qualifies for a hug, but that ain’t the type of hug I am talking about here.
A hug with both arms wrapped around the other person, with both parties experiencing a relax in their body and then a little squeeze. Not the quick ‘drop-it-like-its-hot’ contact some make.
I know some people have really messed the act of hugs with perverted hearts, yet that doesn’t obliterate the fact that hugs can be sincere and true.
In a hug, you can express a thousand words that can’t be expressed verbally.
Scientists interviewed 406 people daily for two weeks, asking them how often they’d had fights or hugged anyone. The researchers then exposed the participants to a cold virus (can’t imagine volunteering for that) and monitored them during a quarantine period of up to six days.
For infrequent huggers, the more conflicts they reported having with others, the greater their likelihood of infection, but regular huggers were protected from this stress-associated risk, says Sheldon Cohen, a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh – http://www.allure.com
It reduces anxiety and stress.
I personally call it the ‘healing hug’. When you receive a sincere hug, you’ll find that there is this tingly feeling that helps you relax and help ease stress, (at least it does that for me)
Reduces blood pressure and lowers heart rate.
Tiffany Field, psychologist at the Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami, School of Medicine theorizes that hugging triggers the release of oxytocin, a hormone that helps us bond with one another, relaxes us, and lowers blood pressure. – noyes-health.org
Helps to form social support by increasing trust and happiness thanks to the ‘trust hormone’
Hugging increases the release of oxytocin also known as the ‘trust’ hormone.
This ‘trust hormone’ is responsible for bonding, feelings of emotional warmth, trust and even a feeling of ‘highness’.
Keynotes about Hugs.
1. It doesn’t cost anything.
They are free with no strings attached. First time I came in contact with ‘Free hug charity’ approaches, I was wowed.
2. It doesn’t take time.
Hugs, depending on the individuals can span between a brief one second to about 20secs or more.
3. It has a proven record.
Hugs have proven to help bring ease to our mental, medical, emotional and physical state. Why not indulge in it.
How to hug properly.
Like I mentioned earlier, some people need to learn how to properly.
http://www.kulraj.org states that “…to maximise oxytocin production and develop a real sense of trust between two people, research has shown 20-second hugs to be ideal”
If you can,please don’t escape from a hug to quickly. You may not stay locked in the hug for 20 long seconds, but enjoy it.
Learn to relax especially when you are not the initiator. Don’t let your hands just hang limp to your sides, return the hug too by having your hand behind the person or across the shoulder firmly.
Find someone to hug now, your parent, friend or a total stranger (that you have permission from o), and enjoy the beauty of hugs.
Next time you see me, request for your hug. 😂😂🙌
Have you ever been hugged by a father figure before? Let’s talk about that in our next post.
Meanwhile, I would like to hear about your experiences with hugging – the beautiful, the weird and the hug gone wrong too! Please share in the comment box below.
Disclaimer: I know quite a number of people has perverted and taken advantage of hugs, other body contact means that you can get almost similar experiences are firm handshake, high five, shoulder hug and a pat on the back. So, in case you are not comfortable with hugs, enjoy any of these.
I love you.