It's National Hug Day...hug someone today! (with their permission of course!)

Updated: Jan 26, 2019

January 21st is National Hug Day. Just the name itself tends to make us smile. This is because hugging makes us feel good. In fact, it makes us feel so good that research has found hugging has been linked to better health. A simple hug releases the hormone oxytocin in the brain, and this is what causes that great feeling inside. It also helps relieve feelings of stress, anger, depression, and isolation. Hugging has also been linked to improved physical health, lowering blood pressure, and improving one’s immunity against colds and disease. Hugs help us feel connected to one another, helping to elevate feelings of self-esteem.

It is important to keep in mind, however, that boundaries are always important. Hugs are great when they are welcomed by the recipient. No one should ever feel as if they are being forced into hugging or being hugged. There are those who do not feel comfortable giving or receiving hugs from anyone, including their own family. This can be the result of upbringing, a bad relationship, or personal trauma. It is common to become emotionally guarded in these instances. The good news is that with the proper counseling from a professional, a person can get the help needed to become more emotionally open. As a result, the person will feel more open to hugging and all of the benefits that it can bring.

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