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The Benefits of Hugging

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by Leiann Lynn Rose Spontaneo (subscribe)
Studied Political Science at Duquesne University. Highest Honors Graduate in Fitness and Nutrition from Stratford Career Institute. Self-Taught Cook. Self-Taught Make-Up Artist. Loves Her Loved Ones. Frugal Gal.
Published March 25th 2021
The human touch and hugging
I have often wondered if people can exist without the human touch. Such a position, I think, would be total hell. Even when my roommate and I argue, we usually end up hugging and apologizing. I think giving a hug, no matter if my roommate is wrong or I am wrong, is the healthy thing to do. Hugs help stop the overproduction of cortisol, which is a stress hormone from the brain.

the benefits of hugging

How do these hugs specifically help?

They make those feel-good endorphins

A feeling of safety

Creates happiness

Boosts self-esteem

the benefits of hugging

Stops loneliness

Stops depression

Stops anxiety

Stops stress

Lowers blood pressure

Even a kiss on the cheek, the touch of a hand or the touch on the shoulder communicate that human touch

the benefits of hugging

The overproduction of cortisol causes belly fat, the most dangerous fat. Is your belly big? You just may have too much cortisol. Are you not one for hugs? Maybe you need to start.

Yes, with the coronavirus, hugs might be impossible, but maybe a close family member or friend can be your teddy bear.

Many hugs to you!
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