A hug is the best form of showing intimate affection towards someone. Hugs can be used to describe love, affection, care and many other unsaid things in a relationship. Hugging is a way to share the warmth and comfort to people we know and love.
Hugging is also an essential form of therapy. It is also one of the most amazing thing someone can give to the people they love. Hugging can be used to convey certain words which cannot be spoken. It is also one of the most beguiling forms of communication.
A hug between two people can create one of the most beautiful moments in their relationship. Basically, we see hugs as a form of proximity and love. But, there is actual science working behind a normal hug. The physiological changes taking place in the body while giving or receiving a hug are many.
These physiological changes taking place in the body define a human being and the purpose of staying alive. Some of the positive effects of giving/receiving hugs are:
Balancing of the nervous system
Something simple as a hug can help in balancing the nervous system. When a person receives a warm hug, their nervous system begins to balance by itself. This is due to superior sense of touch, one feels during a warm embrace. The human body, consists of Pacnician corpuscles which are connected to brain through Vagus nerve. On application of an external pressure, these receptors send electrical impulses to the brain via the Vagus nerve. This generates the sense of touch. When embracing someone with passion, a coherence between the people sharing the embrace is established. Moreover, the moisture and electrical impulses produced during a hug, can effectively calm down an erratic nervous system.
- Reduced stress levels
Without understanding the therapeutic power of hugs, many people resort to drugs and medicines to relieve them of stress. These stress reducing drugs, allegedly reduce stress by considerably reducing the level of cortisol in the body. The effects produced by hugs are also similar. Without doubt, hugs do help in reducing stress. The next time, when somebody you know is feeling stressed, remember to give them the biggest hug you can manage.
- Better Mood
When someone says they are in a bad mood, they are actually experiencing low levels of serotonin in their blood stream. This causes unpredictable mood swings. Studies have proved that, a simple hug can counteract these effects and help in increasing the levels of serotonin and endorphin in the body. This can help keep people in a better mood all day.
- Body relaxation:
When engaged in a hug with somebody, all the muscles of the body relaxes considerably. This can remove fatigue and leave a relaxed feeling in the body.
- Improved hearth health
Studies conducted by the University of North Carolina have proved that heart rate reduces for good after a warm embrace with a loved one. It is common knowledge that decreased (normal) heartbeat is necessary for lowering the risk of cardiac failure. For a healthier and stress free life, share hugs with the people you know.