“When I come home, my daughter will run to the door and give me a big hug, and everything that’s happened that day just melts away." -Hugh Jackman
This is why hugging is so important. Hugs have the power to make any day a whole lot better. Whether you arrive late to work one morning, you spill coffee all over yourself, you sit in traffic for an endless amount of time, or you’re just not feeling it today– go hug someone. Hugging and being hugged work off the same energy. It makes you more comfortable, more aware, and overall happier.
The Benefits of Hugging
- Raises self-esteem
- Stimulates oxytocin
- Lowers heart rate
- Babies that are hugged often are less stressed as they grow
- Balances the nerve system
- Relaxes muscle
- Builds trust and safety
- Lowers the feeling of anger, loneliness, and isolation
- Reduces the fear of death
Hugging Newborn Babies Help Reduce Withdrawal Pain
Hugging newborn babies help reduce the need for medication for withdrawal. 100 volunteers at Boston Medical Centre are helping newborn babies from drug addiction by simply applying human touch.
“By snuggling a baby, it can be a difference between a baby getting medication versus not.”