The Benefits of Hugging

The Benefits of Hugging
Posted on 03/12/2018

The Benefits of Hugging

My son Luke is turning 2 in June.  One of his favorite activities is giving hugs.  We just love how Luke is learning at such a young age how to be kind and gentle with his friends and family.  Besides being super cute hugs can actually have a lot of positive health benefits!  Hugs can calm the body down from stress and anxiety and release tension.  When we embrace someone, oxytocin (also known as “the cuddle hormone”) is released, making us feel warm and fuzzy inside.  This hormone promotes feelings of trust, social bonding, devotion and a sense of safety.  Oxytocin can heal feelings of loneliness, isolation and even anger.  Holding a hug for an extended time lifts one's serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.  Hugs can also strengthen the immune system and self-esteem!  Hugs even teach us how to give and receive.

Hope all of you are getting lots of hugs! Luke is also happy to share some of his hugs too!

Anne Hertzberg, DMD
Pediatric Dentist, Needham office

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