Why Do You Need a Hug?
What are the benefits of hugging someone? Hugs strengthen your immune system. ... A hug lowers blood pressure. When you hug, touch, or sit close to someone you love, your body releases oxytocin, which scientists call the “cuddle hormone.” This hormone can help you to relax and lower anxiety, which in turn can effectively lower blood pressure.
Why are hugs so powerful? Image the benefits of hugging.
Hugs release oxytocin. It is often called the “love hormone,” and it's released when we cuddle or bond. It's the reason why being hugged feels so good. So when you're feeling down, give someone a squeeze and feel your mood lift.
How many hugs do we need? Family therapist Virginia Satir once said, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” While that may sound like a lot of hugs, it seems that many hugs are better than not enough.