. PSHEeducation | Health benefits of hugging

...Multiple researchers conclude that hugging and cuddling can cure depression, stress, tension, anxiety and loneliness.

A proper hug where you heart touches the other person's heart can aid you with the following health benefits: Hugging leads to release of love hormones called Oxytocin, which fights feeling of depressions, loneliness and also fits of anger. It promotes a sense of safety, trust and honesty in a person. A long hug results in an increase in serotonin levels, which elevates your mood and makes your happy.

...Hugging is a way improves one's self esteem and helps in nurturing the ability to love oneself. As they boost blood circulation to the softer tissues hugs can ease your pains, relax your muscles and can also relax your body.

Hugs are similar to meditation or even laughter. You're mind stops thinking and you live in the moment. So you get out of your circular thinking patterns and unite with your heart, emotions and breathing simultaneously.

According to Virginia Satir, an American author and psychotherapist, "We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth."
[The Times Of India. 26.1.2015]