People express love in different languages and gestures. While some prefer words, others prefer gifts and touch. But whatever your preference, no one can deny the impact of hugs. Whether we’re happy or need a shoulder to cry on, hugging is the universal language of comfort. It has been proven to make us happier and healthier. In fact, studies have shown that hugs may be the best remedy for stress reduction and in return can help improve your immune system, making you healthier. But how many times should you cuddle in a day for optimal health? Read on to find out.
Popular psychologist Virginia Satir suggested that every individual needs 4 hugs a day to survive, 8 hugs a day to sustain and 12 hugs a day to thrive. While that may sound like a lot of hugs, most people often lack touch and miss out on the benefits that hugging offers.
In fact, stress, anxiety, and depression can all be caused by touch hunger. This, in turn, can leave you vulnerable to serious medical conditions such as high blood pressure, asthma, and diabetes. And if it lasts long enough, you can cause PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
If you struggle with communicating your emotions, hugs can solve that for you. Non-verbal communication is just as much a part of us that sends messages to others and studies have shown that the communication of emotions through touch is indeed a powerful one. But that’s not all, if you need natural pain relief, finding someone to cuddle might do the deal and there’s a study to back it up.
Can’t find a cuddle buddy? Interacting with pets, hobbies like dancing and yoga, or just video calling that friend you’ve been putting off for a while could do the trick. It may not release the “cuddle hormone” or oxytocin like cuddling would, but you can always get there in the end.