HOORAY FOR HUGS by Melissa Baird

February 26, 2015/in Wellness /by Melissa Baird

Hooray for hugs.

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Have you ever wondered why a well-time hug feels so good? It is more than just a social interaction, there is in fact a scientific explanation as to why cuddling and touch can lift one’s mood. It’s called oxytocin and this hormone plays an important role in the neuroanatomy of intimacy. It gives us the feeling of empathy, trust, sexual desire and a whole bunch of other emotions that a healthy relationship triggers.

For example, cuddling reinforces the emotional bond and affection between two people, as a comfortable environment is created for communication, something which may be overlooked as we go about our extremely busy lives. Just 15 minutes of cuddling a day can reinforce the connection between two people and have a positive impact on their relationship.

Cuddling can also relieve stress (not just because it’s awesome) but because oxytocin is stronger than cortisol, the major stress hormone. Ditch those tranquilisers and booze and get cuddling and you will relieve pain and boost your immune function. There is a strong bond between the brain and the immune system, so watch your thoughts because they have a direct impact on your health be it positive or negative.

Staying calm, optimistic, and expressing your feelings are all good ways to boost your immune systems and to maintain good health. And don’t forget to cuddle.

For original information and to see more on how cuddling is good for your health, please visit: http://www.iheartintelligence.com/2015/02/19/7-incredible-benefits-cuddling/

 

For more on Wellness, see LIFE IN BALANCE MAGAZINE, edited by Melissa Baird:

http://lifeinbalance.co.za/

 

 

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