Renowned family therapist, Viginia Satir said, “we need 4 hugs a day to survive, 8 hugs to keep us as we are, and 12 hugs to grow”. Hugs are not only so lovely to receive, they have been proven to lower blood pressure, reduce cortisol (that nasty stress hormone) and they assist in the release of that feely good hormone, dopamine (Sumioka,H. et Al, 2013). If you can, hang out with the hug longer than a few seconds. Give your body and being the time it needs to soak in all of it's goodness. Wishing you all a summer filled with happy safe huggable moments.
Sumioka, H. et. Al. (2013) Huggable communication medium decreases cortisol levels. Nature; 3: 3024.
Liz Myers, MA, RYT200
Spiritual Life Coach, Yoga and Meditation Teacher.
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