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Healing Power Of Hugs

Updated on March 17, 2015

Sometimes people who are feeling sad or depressed might feel like they need a hug. Hugs seem to have some kind of healing power. A person might feel temporarily better after receiving a hug. There is something about the closeness or the human contact that heals. Here are the many benefits of hugs.


HUGS MAY LOWER STRESS

Hugging may lower a person's stress levels. If you feel really stressed out, a simple hug from someone may help to relieve some of the stress. The act of touching another human being in a caring manner and being touched in return may help to focus a person's mind on something more positive and therefore may help them to release some stress and tension.


HUGS CAN MAKE YOU FEEL CLOSER

Hugging can help you to feel closer to someone. If you hug your significant other before work each day, it may make you feel closer and help you to bond more. It may also help to make the morning a little better and could possibly make your nerves more calmer. Hugging anyone, whether it be your spouse, child, a friend or other family member may make you feel closer to that person.


HUGS CAN HELP YOU MAKE UP

Hugging may help you to make up with someone if you had an argument or disagreement with someone. If you want to make up with someone, try giving them a hug. Ask them if it is okay first as you may not want to hug someone if they do not want one. They may need more time to cool off. A hug may help to calm you both down after an argument and it may help heal your relationship.


HUGS CAN MAKE YOU FEEL SUPPORTED

Hugs can you feel cared for and loved. If someone gives you a hug when you are upset, it can make you feel like the other person cares about you and wants to do something to make you feel better. A simple act of receiving a hug may show a person that they have support while they are going through tough times.


HUGS MAY HELP SOOTHE ACHES AND PAINS

Sometimes a warm, gentle embrace from a loved one can help to soothe aches and pains in the body or it can help to relieve some emotional pain. Hugging may increase a feel good response in the brain and therefore it may increase a person's pain tolerance and help to distract the mind from pain.


HUGS BRING COMFORT TO THE GRIEVING

Hugs can bring comfort to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Those who are grieving, especially at funerals, may find comfort in receiving hugs from many people. Hugs may help to heal the suffering that is experienced after the death of someone close to you or someone else.


CHEER SOMEONE UP WITH A HUG

You never know whose day you can cheer up just by giving them a hug. If you are going through a bad time in your life that makes you feel like you a need a hug and one else is around, give yourself a hug. Close your eyes and picture someone's arms around you. Hugs are free, there is no price tag for giving a hug. Give them as freely as you can to help brighten another person's day.




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