How many hugs do you estimate you get a day? One or two? Maybe three or four? But, twelve? I don’t even think I get 12 at a family wedding.
According to Pranaenergetics:
“The skin is the largest sensory organ in the body. Physical touch, in particular hugs, are extremely beneficial physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually for both parties involved. Hugging builds trust and secures a sense of safety. It builds self-esteem, relaxes muscles and releases tension. It boosts oxytocin and serotonin levels. It strengthens the immune system and balances the nervous system. Energetically it teaches us to give and receive, showing us how love flows both ways, and the synergistic flow of energy back and forth between two people creates empathy and understanding.”
Since learning this I am conscious to get more hugs in with my kids, husband, parents, sister, friends and even yoga students.
Couldn’t we all benefit from more hugs?
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