There is real biological power in the simple act of a hug. It can melt away the stress from a day. It can repair emotional wounds.
A hug has the power to release Oxytocin, which sets us up to feel more balanced and soothed the moment we do it. Once you reach out and offer a hand, a pat on the back, or a supportive embrace, you set in motion the body’s own means to a natural high—Oxytocin production. Researchers have found that the presence of Oxytocin actually speeds the physical healing of wounds.
Elisha Goldstein, a Clinical Psychologist believes that there is really nothing like the power of a big supportive hug. The body reads a sense of caring in the human touch.
The healing process begins with a touch and embrace. It’s just that simple. Our bodies are made to provide and respond to physical comfort, so next time you see someone in pain or feel as if the world is crumbling around you, open yourself to a hug.
IRIANS – The Neuroscience Institute