Hugs are a form of physical intimacy that involves closing or holding the arms around another person.
Even in the period of intrauterine development, we are already familiar with hugs: this is my mother's tummy, and also, the stomach itself is often hugged by mom and dad or the most dear people; but if the kid has a little neighbor, he will get the lion's share of hugs. From birth, a person is hugged by parents and relatives, and the child himself is hugging plush toys or pets. Then comes the time of friendly and romantic hugs, which at times make you feel in seventh heaven with happiness. We greet with hugs, show joyful emotions from the meeting, thank, seek consolation and console. Hugs are necessary and natural almost as well as breathing - and not only for people, but for many animals. "Hugs" are one of the most important forms of non-verbal communication and a way to exchange warmth.
Scientists have established the fact that hugs help increase immunity, normalize the nervous, endocrine and vascular systems, reduce stress and tension, and even raise hemoglobin.
Hugs can be of a different nature: parental, friendly, companionable, erotic or feigned. All options except the last one allow you to feel safe, comfortable and in an atmosphere of unconditional love - tenderness just like that.
Even in the ancient East, they wrote about the miraculous benefits and healing properties of hugs.
Psychologists argue that a modern person who is deprived of this form of intimacy more often closes in himself and gradually loses contact with reality (there is a brain area that actively works in response to touching a person's skin).
By hugging someone, we wish to convey to him our respect and affection. Also, hugs are especially important when it is necessary to express tender and passionate feelings between a man and a woman.
This form of intimacy between people brings joy and helps, both psychologically and physically, not only to those who are hugged, but also to those who are hugging:
- hugs strengthen the immune system;
- stimulate the central nervous system;
- improve sleep;
- give strength;
- relieve stress;
-increase the amount of oxytocin - a hormone that relieves depression, and also lowers blood pressure, that is, reduces the risk of heart disease;
-increase the level of hemoglobin, which strengthens the entire body, strengthens the immune system and accelerates recovery from diseases;
- bring positive emotions;
- relieve from internal fears, depression, loneliness;
- give confidence;
-transfer strength and energy ..
This list is far from complete. Studies show that the amount of endorphins produced in the human body increases significantly when we cuddle.
Interesting Hug Facts:
A hug can help people with autism and anxiety feel better. Moreover, it does not matter at all whether someone hugs the patient or mechanical pressure is simply exerted on the body of the ward.
Mata Amritanandamayi, also known as the "embracing mother", is a recognized guru of Hinduism, and many followers venerate her as a saint. Even at a young age, she began to hug different people just like that, although it is not permissible for an Indian girl to touch strangers, especially men, and her parents constantly punished her for this. Rejecting all attempts by her parents to marry her off, Mata in 1981 founded her ashram and a charitable organization that helps the poor and homeless around the world, builds shelters and hospitals. Almost every day, Mata embraces hundreds of people who come to her ashram, and in total, according to her organization, she has hugged more than 30 million people.
Hug Day is a young international holiday celebrated twice a year - on January 21 and December 4. The holiday appeared in the 70s of the XX century, having developed among the student environment of Western European youth. There is also a movement called Free Hugs, in which members take to the streets and offer their hugs to strangers. Founded by Australian Juan Mann in 2004.
When we embrace, all our senses seem to say: "Here we are, here, ready to serve you in everything: to help, support, defend with faith and truth." Often we do not find words, expressing our feelings, and a hug without words explains everything and puts everything in its place.
Hug more often, harder and heartily!