Peace and Blessing Everyone reading this. As my journey as a life coach begins, I want to not only challenge ya’ll to love better, I also want to challenge myself. I want to start this journey with some simple things we can do that will benefit us and the people we love the most. Or the people we want to love or show love too.
These little challenges will not only offer physiological and psychological benefits for your own personal life but they will benefit others around you.
I want to start with the 30-day Hug challenge. Hugs offer a lot of benefits for both the giver and recipient.
Hugging is a powerful way to aid in healing. Research shows that a proper deep hug, where the hearts are pressing together, can be extremely effective at healing sickness, disease, loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress.
1. Hugging shows appreciation: An overlooked benefit of hugging is that it can re-affirm your love. “It’s valuable to know that something as simple as a hug can have measurable neuro-biological consequences,” explains Stan Tatkin, PsyD, author of Wired For Love. Hugging can also be a great way to smooth over a disagreement. Moreover, giving a hug to your partner may well have the capacity to reverse damages that might have been cause during a heated argument. Let’s not forget about the children; giving your child a hug might be one of best things you can give your child that day. Children need to be shown appreciation too. Adding a hug with an accolade goes a long way. It’s been 22 years since my father’s death and I still remember his tight hugs and beautiful smile.
2. Hugging is good for bonding with others: Hugging can cause a release of oxytocin from the brain, causing us to bond with others. The release of this hormone causes a rise in feelings of commitment and intimacy. Sharing a hug is like sharing feelings. Hugging increases empathy and understanding. A passionate hug allows for the exchange of feelings across the bioenergetic field generated by the heart, causing us to empathize with other people. This builds trust between people in a way that words simply cannot.
3. Hugging is good for your mental health: Hugging reduces worry and overwhelming thoughts of mortality. A study published in the journal Psychological Science revealed that hugging and touching reduce worry of mortality. The study also discovered that even hugging an inanimate object like a teddy bear was enough to soothe individual’s existential fears. (So, to all my Littles keep on hugging and cuddling your stuffies) Furthermore, simply imagining hugging a person you love the most can cause your brain to release serotonin, dopamine, and endorphin, triggering feelings of happiness and joy. Dopamine levels are low in people with conditions like Parkinsons and mood disorders like Depression. So, if you see someone depressed or sad, give them a hug, and bring a little joy to their life. Hugging stimulates serotonin, serotonin is released when you feel significant or important. Serotonin cause pleasure and negate pain and sadness. Perhaps one reason why people find themselves using drugs; is that drugs like MDMA (Molly) often facilitate serotonin release. What if we can prevent a love one from experiment with drugs just by giving them hugs more often than none? Maybe giving someone a hug that is dealing with loneliness will release enough serotonin that help them forget their loneliness if only for a little while. Endorphins, which relieve pain by blocking pain pathways and soothe aches by increasing circulation to soft tissues can be released by simply giving someone a hug that’s in pain. Or perhaps reaching out for one.
4. Hugs are good for our overall health: Hugs enhances our immune system. Hugging can decrease the stress hormone which inhibits the immune system and increase the hormones and peptides that regulate the functioning of immune cells. Hugs can decrease your heart rate and improve your heart’s health. Hugging can decrease the stress hormone which inhibits the immune system and increase the hormones and peptides that regulate the functioning of immune cells. Hugging balances the nervous system. The skin contains a network of tiny-egg shaped pressure sensors called the pacnician corpuscles which are in contact with the brain through the Vagus nerve. The effect of moisture and electricity over the skin during hugging shows a balanced state of nervous system parasympathetic which is achieved by psychophysiological coherence created by passionate hugging.
To conclude, hugging is critical for survival. Hugging boosts our immune system, promotes trust and bonding, relieves stress, alleviates our sadness, tensions, and anxieties, and can make us confident and amiable.
I want us, for 30 days straight, hug someone and keep a mental record of how you feel and how your new hugging journey has effected your relationship(s) with other people!