Hugging does not cost us a penny, but it means a lot. It means a lot for you and for the one who shares the embrace with you, whether it’s your mother, father, child, brother, sister, friend, or love partner. Scientists argue that the optimal dose is 8 hugs a day. Here are 10 good reasons why it’s good to hug more often.

Increases bonding

Hugging can lead to the production of oxytocin in the brain, which is why we bond with our partners. The production of this hormone leads to a stronger sense of intimacy and commitment as we share feelings through the hugs. Try to hug your partner to make the connection between you stronger!

Reduces pain

Hugging causes the secretion of endorphins, which reduce pain by blocking the pathways of pain and relieve pain by enhancing circulation in the soft tissues. This eliminates peptides such as bradykinin that stimulate pain.

It improves health and reduces heart rate

Hugging can reduce the heart rate. In one study, participants who didn’t have any contact with their partners had a fast heart rate of 10 beats per minute in comparison to 5 beats per minute who had a chance to hug their partners during the experiment. Reducing heart rate will help reduce blood pressure and prevent heart diseases.

It relaxes the body

Hugging induces muscle relaxation and decreased tension in the body. Hug someone to try to eliminate their everyday worries!

Fights against depression and neurodegenerative disorders

Hugging can cause increased dopamine in the brain, and this can be seen on a PET brain scan. Dopamine levels are low in people with conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and mood disorders such as depression. So if someone close is suffering from depression, hug them and bring some joy in their life.

It enhances empathy and understanding

Passionate hug allows a feeling of emotion through the bioenergy fields connected to the heart, causing a sense of empathy with the other person. This way trust builds between people that can’t happen just with words. Hug someone when you want to open their heart!

Improves the mood

Hugging can increase serotonin production in the brain, which improves mood and raises the level of confidence. When the serotonin level is low, we feel depressed and lonely. Hugging leads to the release of serotonin and endorphins into the blood vessels to create a sense of pleasure and undermine sadness. Hugging also increases performance at work and at school. Hug your partner if you now that he/she is having a bad day or feels sad.

Brings the nervous system into balance

Hugging brings the nervous system into balance. There is a network of tiny pressure sensors in the form of eggs – mechanoreceptor, which are connected to the brain through the vagus nerve. They are touch-sensitive. Galvanic response measured in someone who hugs had a marked change in the conductivity of the skin. The effect of moisture and electrical energy on the skin during hugging shows a balanced state of the parasympathetic nervous system, which is achieved by the psychophysiological coherence that is brought by a passionate hug. Continue to hug to balance your nervous system!