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The Power of a Hug

Disconnection. The lack of connection or the state of being isolated or detached.

With the advancements of technology, introduction of smartphones, and the ever-growing social media platforms, it has become easier to be more disconnected from our fellow human beings. Why meet your friend, your family member, your colleague in person when you can just send them a text? I agree, it’s more time efficient, but it doesn’t foster or support a deep and genuine relationship between the people involved. So, we essentially deceive ourselves into thinking that we are creating a better relationship, when in fact we are sabotaging it.

Maintaining our independence is an important part of life, but humans are social beings. Human connection is an innate need to create a social rapport with others. There is evidence of this need dating back to 30,000 BC in cave paintings, a form of communicating warnings and celebrating success. When we connect with another, it’s like a puzzle that fits perfectly. Sometimes we don’t realize we were even looking for that piece.

And when we connect with another human being in the form of a hug, the benefits are amazing and scientific. Hugging is a universal symbol of shared energy. It increases levels of the oxytocin, which is a neurotransmitter that acts on the brain’s emotional center, promoting feelings of contentment, reducing anxiety and stress. A hug can create a connection that one cannot express in words. Even a small hug generally makes everyone feel good. It can lift our spirits and make us smile. Some people are not comfortable with the physical embrace, yet a quick hug can go a long way. A hug is truly meant for everyone to experience. Try to hug often and hug with meaning.

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