Love and Hugs - Health for the Body, Mind and Heart
Born From a Hug
Would you consider being in your mother's womb a hug? Certainly, it looks to be for the fetus's we can now view moving around in there. So it well could be our first nine months of hugs. Then it is said we spend our first three years after birth being hugged often, considered a baby still.
So the beginning of our lives are all about hugs except for some very unlucky ones, but this article is for most of us who remember hugs and love. Even if we do not remember, may it have helped form who we grew up to be? How important are all these hugs from parents, grandparents, family members and then friends, to eventual romantic hugs?
Can love and touch affect us spiritually, emotionally, mentally and physically? Let us look at what love and hug's effects are on us. Perhaps more than you ever dreamed.
"A hug is like a boomerang - you get it back right away."
~Bil Keane, "Family Circus"
Hugs and Health
Hugs are a great way of healing. Research shows that hugging is particularly effective in healing sickness, disease, loneliness, depression, anxiety, and stress. Heartfelt hugs also are helpful in many ways.
1. The human touch of a hug forms trust and a sense of protection, helping with open and honest communication.
2. Hugs increase oxytocin levels, healing loneliness, seclusion, and resentment.
3. Extending a hug boosts one's serotonin levels, lifting mood and happy feelings.
4. Hugs make the immune system stronger. The tender pressure on the sternum and passionate charge this builds triggers the Solar Plexus Chakra. This stimulates the thymus gland, that controls and steadies the body's production of white blood cells, that make us well and disease free.
5. Hugs enhance self-esteem, with touch and hugs from the time we are born being shown love and affection. We are taught love through hugs of affection by all those around us. Love comes from many people in many forms.
6. Hugs relax us and let tensions go in the body. They can also relieve aches and pain.
7. Hugs steady our nervous system, giving us a more balanced state of being.
8. Hugs teach us how to give and take, being equal to others for what we ourselves want.
9. Hugs connect us to our heart and feelings.
10. The vital give and take between people hugging is a practice in learning to share and bond with each other.
A Hugging Need
"Be close to the person who makes you happy. But be closer to the person who cannot be happy without you...
~ Anurag Prakash Ray
Do you think hugs are beneficial?
“Sometimes the right hug from the right person at the exact right time makes all the wrong in the world disappear...”
― Sarah Ockler, #scandal
Love and Health
Love lowers blood pressure and stress levels! Happily married couples have lower blood pressure than unmarried people, while unhappily married couples have higher blood pressure than both groups. This is according to the US Department of Health and Human Services.
This is not limited only to love between romantic couples but close friendships among loving friends have the same effect! People with quality friendships, a study found, had lower blood pressure than their less social equals.
To be in love has proven to lessen a person's chances of being depressed. People who were recently married averaged 3.42 points lower on the 84-point depression scale than unmarried people, according to a study in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.
Just being with your partner you love can lower the risk of mental health issues. Among women, a 2005 study showed of the middle-aged women living with someone they loved lowered the risk of psychological problems, as well as being married would.
Couples in love have fewer visits to the doctor than those without love. A Wilkes University study showed that having sex at least once a week raised your levels of IgA [the antibody that fights sicknesses and keeps us healthy [WebMD]. The hormone, Oxytocin, which is released when we kiss or touch someone we love, could be responsible, too. It can suppress stress hormones and boost immunity, studies prove. Supposing it is not just the sex, but the closeness, which also extends to friends and close relationships.
Married couples have a longer lifespan than unmarried couples, with married men half as likely to suffer from a heart attack. Both married men and women have extremely lower rates of serious ailments such as diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s and lung disease. This is according to the National Longitudinal Mortality Study.
"In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart."
~ Mahatma Gandhi
Love and Mental Health
Love makes us feel worthy and valuable, giving us the nerve to take chances on things such as marriage and having children. To leave our comfort zone and walk away to a new life! It gives us a sense of self-worth, courage to reach out and grab life by the tail! We can commit with love, learn patience and form attachments.
Love allows us to cope with life’s downers, such as loss and sadness, illness and despair. Love allows us hope and gives us the strength to put up with bad things and a desire to make them better. Love helps us turn it all around to bring happiness out of sad situations.
Love plays a major role in mental health. You can appear to have everything but without love, what does any of it mean? Love is from the heart but consumes our mental well being. It is a must to mental survival. Nothing matters without love.
We should give this as much consideration as our medication, and maybe more so. Perhaps we do not give love the credit it deserves in our well being.
Hugs That Never End
"If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus a day So I don't have to live a day without you."
~ Winnie the Pooh
Will a Hug a Day Keep the Doctor Away
Looks like there is a good chance of it!
According to one study, a hug can be a good treatment to warm your heart. An experiment at the University of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, showed ones who didn’t have any contact with their partners developed a quickened heart rate of ten beats per minute compared to five beats per minute with those who got to hug their partners during this experiment.
Hugging and physical touch become increasingly important with age. University psychologist Janice Kiecolt-Glaser told USA Today, “The older you are, the more fragile you are physical, so contact becomes increasingly important for good health."
Studies show that loneliness, especially with age, may increase stress and have bad health effects, too. Hugging someone makes us immediately feel closer to that person and lessons those lonely feelings.
Many requiring therapy in life do so from a result of a lack of love. We must all feel loved to be fulfilled in life. Love gives us something very special in just small or simple things.
So from birth (perhaps before) touch (hugs) and love, are a must, for a healthy mind, body, and heart. Are hugs and love enough to keep the doctor away?
Tests and scientific studies appear to prove that they do!
People Getting Hugs Get Sick Less Often
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2018 Jackie Lynnley