Stress Management Tip ~~ Hugs are Better than Drugs!

Years ago, I had a friend who had a bumper sticker that read “Hugs Are Better Than Drugs”.  There is such truth in those five words.  Think about it…hugs are free, and they have no bad side effects like drugs do.  The only thing they have in common with drugs is they can be addictive.

In 2003, researchers at the University of North Carolina came to the conclusion that hugs actually can improve your health. The scientists discovered that hugs lower the levels of cortisol in your body, a hormone that is released during stressful moments.  Hugs can lower your blood pressure and decrease your heart rate.  

This research supports my belief that we should give (and therefore receive) a minimum of seven hugs a day.  Hugs that last at least 5 seconds.  Hugs that are “heart to heart”, meaning your chin is on the other person’s left shoulder, and your hearts are touching.  Passing positive energy between your hearts.  Spreading the love, if you will.

So hug your children, your spouse/partner, your parents, and your friends.  You will improve your health, and the health of those around you.