How can there be a BETTER day than National Hug Day? I mean, REALLY!?
Did you know….
Hugging actually increases levels of the “love hormone” oxytocin, which is great for stress levels, your heart (both physical and spiritual!) and your blood pressure.
Just getting a 20 second hug from someone reduces the harmful physical effects of stress, including its impact on your blood pressure and heart rate. A 10-second hug a day may fight infections, boost your immune system, ease depression and lessen fatigue. 10 to 20 seconds, how many of us can fit THAT into our day a few times? I think we ALL can!
The giver of a hug receives just as much benefit as the receiver, but some research suggests the healthiest hugs must come from someone you trust (as opposed to a stranger). Ya, we don’t want to be weirded out, certainly, but those warm and lovely hugs from our loved ones are the BEST.
Who can you go hug RIGHT NOW?! Look around, and choose a victim! Hugs are also GREAT for your act of random kindness or conscious giving. **wink wink**
I got these stats straight from Dr. Mercola, you can read the full article here.