Go ahead and cuddle – Science approves.

Submitted by dawnchen on Sat, 09/10/2016 – 07:56

The health and relationship benefits are aplenty. By Balvinder Sandhu

“The simplest and most powerful way to connect with a loved one is through the power of touch,” says Jolene Hwee, director and counselling psychologist at Womancare Psychological Services, who also supervised couples in the Prudential Relationship Reconnect social experiment. “Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which can alleviate feelings of loneliness and anger. Holding a hug for an extended time lifts serotonin levels, elevating overall mood. The nurturing touch of a hug builds trust, and this can facilitate open and honest communication.” Go ahead and give your loved one a big hug today. As Virginia Satir, a respected family therapist, says: ‘We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.’” 

A version of this story originally appeared on www.herworldplus.com.

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