As I continue to dig into my top 10 wellness tips we cannot exclude hormones. Next up, hug it out! Our happy love hormone, AKA oxytocin, is released with prolonged hugging over 20 seconds in duration. The pituitary gland in our brain dumps out this glorious cuddle hormone making ya feel all warm and fuzzy.
This has a trickle-down effect throughout the body, causing a decrease in heart rate and a drop in the stress hormones. So grab someone you love and press your hearts together❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
20 seconds might be too long for the average friend so grab a family member, your kids, your bestie or your partner and squeeze them tightly to feel the love. We all could use some Seratonin and Dopamine so get to hugging!
We actually know that it is released with social bonding. That’s why we feel so darn happy to have a night out with our besties!
Actually research has shown that oxytocin has a huge effect on social bonding. This article was fascinating. How it could affect social behavior for autism and Aspergers.
I think Americans are a little too uptight. I don’t exactly wanna hug a stranger for 20 sec but I see other cultures huh and kiss with WAY more comfort than us stiffies. What’s with that?! I Love my personal space so I get it but wonder if other cultures are happier cause they touch so much more. What do you think?
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A mom of 3, pediatric chiropractor, natural remedy guru and wellness educator.