Hugging may seem like a completely mundane act, but it helps provide much-needed human contact to make life a little more bearable.
Experts agree on the soothing and healing power of touch.
Today, cuddling – or professionally ethical touch therapy is organized.
A good hug can make people feel 100 times better, reducing stress and increasing happiness.
There’s a science to explain why cuddling instantly makes people feel more comfortable – there’s even a cuddle hormone.
“Touch is one of the most fundamental elements of human development: a profound method of communication, a critical component of infants’ health and growth, and a powerful healing force.”
Additionally, touch has been shown to increase the cytotoxic capacity of the immune system, thereby helping our body maintain its defenses and reducing levels of anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, attention deficit, stress hormones, and cortisol.
“One of the great things about oxytocin, the so-called cuddling hormone, is all you have to do to release it is to hug someone or shake their hand. Simple bodily contact causes your brain to release low levels of oxytocin. Both in yourself and the person you touch.
It’s an almost instant way to build trust. And the good news is that the effect continues afterward.”
The ‘hug your colleague’ event in companies is a one-day team bonding event for groups of four to 20 employees.
The ‘hug your colleague’ event begins with a group acceptance session where employees can discuss their colleague’s negative traits, talk about workplace issues and clear the air. Employees can also attend a group hug session and a conflict resolution hug session at the end of the day.
January 6 has been declared as the world hug day, because January is the coldest month of the year, and it is also a great opportunity to warm up with those closest to you. You can also warm up by hugging your closest relatives, such as family, friends, pet friends, or you can prefer a fireplace or a warm blanket.
Please don’t forget to hug yourself too.