It’s probably the easiest way to be a little happier

Four hugs a day and are necessary for survival. Eight is for living a normal life. Twelve is for a breakthrough. You’ve probably come across these recommendations in social media, books, and articles. We tell you how it works and why “cuddling” is so good for your health.

A man needs a person, including – to touch. In the big city we can do a lot on our own, without help, but you need someone nice to cuddle. If you pay enough attention to yourself, you’ll notice: even if you hug someone purely formally, socially, you’ll feel your mood improve. So what happens to our bodies when we hold someone close to us?

Oxytocin release

Oxytocin is called the attachment hormone. It increases the level of trust between people and makes us more affectionate and satisfied. Oxytocin reduces the effects of cortisol, the anxiety hormone (almost everyone has an excess of it these days). Oxytocin gently lowers blood pressure, which reduces the likelihood of cardiovascular disease.

It has been noticed: lonely people are at much greater risk of the same heart attack. If you cannot fall asleep, tossing and turning in bed, tormented by unhappy thoughts, you can resort to certain medications (prescribed by the doctor, of course), count sheep, or you can spend ten minutes in someone’s arms – sleep will come by itself. This, too, is the “magic” of oxytocin.

By the way, if we talk about the interaction between people, we have noticed the following effect: more hugs – a better relationship. Of course, when the conflict has gone too far, “hugging” can’t solve the problem. But to maintain a warm atmosphere in a couple, a company of friends or even colleagues, the tradition of hugging each other – when meeting, saying goodbye and just because, from an excess of feelings – can raise communication to another level without long and sometimes tedious discussions.

Endorphin release

Endorphins are chemical compounds produced by the brain. They are similar to opiates in their effects on the body and have an analgesic effect. When a baby falls or hits something, he instinctively runs to mom to kiss, hug and comfort him. Hugging and gentle touching in general can reduce the severity of pain.

Stimulation of the thymus gland

This mysterious organ is located behind our sternum. In childhood, it is the thymus gland that is most responsible for the formation of the body’s immunity. Light pressure on the chest with a positive emotional charge stimulates it and turns on the internal defense system.

Stimulation of the nervous system

Hugging gives a certain bioelectrical reaction that calms the nerves. The skin of the person being hugged is informed that the world is safe and friendly, and that the person is accepted and loved.

Of course, an adult will not die without a hug, but the quality of life, as well as its duration, may decrease. In a big city there are great prospects, but also the probability of being alone in the crowd is also high. So it makes sense to take care of yourself if, for example, you live alone and changes are not expected in the near future.

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