According to family therapist Virginia Satir:
“We need 4 hugs a day for survival.
We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance.
We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”
Is it so great, isn't it? and Here are some benefits of hugging I've concluded from some articles.
- It feels good.
- It dispels loneliness.
- It overcomes fear.
- It opens doors to feelings.
- It builds self-esteem.
- It fosters altruism.
- It slows down aging (huggers stay young longer).
- It helps curb appetite (we eat less when we are nourished by hugs and when our arms are busy wrapped around others).
- It eases tension.
- It fights insomnia.
- It keeps arms and shoulder muscles in condition.
- It provides stretching exercise if you are short.
- It provides stooping exercise if you are tall.
- It offers a wholesome alternative to promiscuity.
- It offers a healthy, safe alternative to alcohol and other drug abuse (better hugs than drugs!).
- It affirms physical being.
- It is democratic (anyone is eligible for a hug).
- It is ecologically sound (it does not upset the environment).
- It is energy-efficient (saves heat).
- It is portable (you can take it with you).
- It requires no special equipment.
- It demands no special setting (a fine place for a hug is any place from a doorstep to an executive conference room … from a church parlor to a football field).
- It makes happy days happier.
- It imparts feelings of belonging.
- It fills up empty places in our lives.
- It keeps on working to dispense benefits even after the hug is released.
- Reduces heart disease
- Diminishes stress
- Promotes longevity
- Strengthens social ties
- Lowers blood pressure
- Lowers heart rate
- Benefits the hugger and the huggee equally