A hug? Yes, please!

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http://pawnhearts.com/gyGl-A-Dn0 Today I took a very dear friend to an eye surgery appointment. We have been there for each other through some pretty intense times, especially this past year. Every time I see her and say goodbye to her we always give each other a hug. As I was waiting for her in the lobby, it made me think about how important affection is to the body and soul. Just a simple touch from a caring friend, family member or spouse makes your body relax instantly. It never really occurred to me how important touch was until I went to massage therapy school.

websites Did you know that the act of a hug lowers blood pressure, heart rate and  showers our bodies with oxytocin, a “bonding hormone” that makes us  feel secure and trusting toward each other. Women who get more hugs from their partners have higher levels of oxytocin and lower blood pressure and heart rates, according to research done at the University of North Carolina…..AND, it just feels comforting. Even it its only lasts during that time of embracing OR the embrace can carry you through-out the day. Studies have shown that people who give affection and receive affection on a regular basis live longer, are healthier and happier. Kory Floyd, a professor and associate director at Arizona State University’s Hugh Downs School of Human Communication has stated “Affectionate behavior is also associated with a number of physical health benefits as well, including supporting immune functioning and improving the body’s ability to manage stress.”

http://restm.org/1590-dte24818-top-singles-dating-sites.html Being part of a Mexican and Italian family, it was taught, that when you see your family members, the very first thing you do  is greet them with a hug and kiss. It was a sign of respect as being a kid. But, as we got older, it became a sign of “I love you, I’m so happy to see you! I’m sad to see you go and can’t wait to see you again!” We were a very affectionate family and still are to this very day.

free dating apps for iphone only When my friend came out of her surgery, I got her in my car, took her home, and we gave each other a big hug and kiss on the cheek. I made an effort to be more aware of our “act of emotion.” It really was a peaceful, happy, relaxing, safe and comforting feeling.  I need to concentrate on being more in the present….That’s a whole notha topic.

Next time you see your loved ones, give them a hug. It’s not only healthy for your body, it’s healthy for your soul.

HUGS

 

Hugs to you,

J

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