It’s a known fact that hugs feel good, but is there a connection between hugs and heart health?
A University of North Carolina study showed that hugs increased levels of the hormone oxytocin and reduced blood pressure. A daily dose of oxytocin from hugging can help protect us from heart disease.
Hugs have also been shown to improve overall mood, increase nerve activity, and a host of other beneficial effects. Positive physical touch has an immediate anti-stress effect, slowing breathing and heart rate.
“Hugging is all natural; it is organic, naturally sweet, no pesticides, non-fattening, no carbohydrates, no preservatives, no artificial or genetically engineered ingredients, and 100% wholesome” says Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD.
Elevated blood pressure is one of the main risk factors for heart disease – about one in three US adults has high blood pressure! If hugs lower blood pressure (and they do), just think of the positive benefits of a whole lot of hugging!
So what is the solution? Spread the love and hug someone today. You will be surprised how a small motion like a hug could really change someones day.
IMR would like to reference Smart Heart Living for this article.