Thursday, October 2, 2014
Hugs a Day
I recently took the streets of Seattle asking people how many hugs they give or get a day. Most people fell in around 4-5 hugs, some less, some more. They say we need 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 for maintenance, and 12 hugs a day for growth (Virginia Satir).
And it’s even scientifically proven: studies show that when we hug people, our pituitary gland releases oxytocin, a hormone that contributes to our happiness. Oxytocin – nicknamed the “cuddle” or “love hormone” – also boosts trust and empathy and reduces anxiety and stress ("Oxytocin Moer Than Mere 'Love Hormone'", Web MD). So, just pop some oxytocin pills? You could, but the effects are greater when coupled with social interaction. Yup, got to hug actual people to get this effect! Besides, who couldn’t use more hugs?
How many hugs do you get or give a day?