Hugging is an essential key to health and well-being.
“We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” Virginia Satir
We all need to be touched. Babies who are not held and touched die. Since it’s national hug day, I thought I would share a few benefits of hugging:
• it lowers stress levels • it improves sleep • it strengthens internal body systems like digestive tracks • it boost seratonin, the feel-good hormone • it builds trust • it promoted feelings of well-being and safety
According to noted American pyschologist and educator, Virginia Satir, we need 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 hugs a day for maintenance, and 12 hugs a day for growth.
Most people are lucky if they get 1 or 2 hugs a day.
So up your intake and give hugs freely. Recently, I was visiting one of the non-profits I volunteer for and talking to a little boy, stroking his back. He just leaned in for a hug, which I was more than happy to give. We all need touch, and in this day and age, hugging can heal so much. Take the time to give full-on, heart-felt hugs to others as a way of sharing. The rewards for everyone are so worth it.