Why Hugs are More Important Than You Think

The average length of a hug between two people is 3 seconds. But researchers have discovered something amazing. When a hug lasts at least 20 seconds, there is a therapeutic effect on the body and mind. A longer lasting, sincere hug produces a hormone called Oxytocin — also known as the love hormone.

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Oxytocin’s main purpose is to chemically bond us to one another, but it’s also the hormone that makes us feel safe and calm — it helps us relax. Oxytocin plays a major part in relieving anxiety and stress. 

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Sustained skin to skin physical contact also creates an electric reaction between people. Two bodies charged differently are charged the same after contact. This explains why some people feel an intense energy sensation while embracing, while others feel a calm and pleasant release. It’s all dependent on the energy states (i.e voltage) of each individual before contact. Maintaining adequate voltage is essential for well being.

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Of course, beyond the physiological phenomena that occurs when physically connected, there are several other powerful (and less understood) energy frequencies contributing to this therapeutic experience. We may not be able to see those wavelengths, but we can absolutely feel the benefits.

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Whether it’s embracing your partner, cradling a child, or simply holding the shoulders of a friend— all of these activities are intensely therapeutic and are powerful enough to be felt INSTANTLY.

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Remember, energy isn’t just a force that functions to sustain us– energy has the capacity to heal us.

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So go hug it out! It’s one of the quickest and easiest things you can do to balance your charge, and improve your mood.

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