Hugging has been around for millennia and is practised by almost all cultures as a way to connect with others without using language. Hugs have traditionally been given in may scenarios: as a greeting or goodbye, for sympathy or congratulations, and for gratitude, support, and affection. The word "hug" seems to have come from "hugga," an Old Norse word meaning "to comfort." "Hug" was first used around 1610, to describe a wrestling hold. It began being used for its current meaning in the 1650s.
Hugs may release a hormone called oxytocin into the bloodstream. This hormone, produced in the pituitary gland, helps lower blood pressure, heart rate, and the stress hormone cortisol. It also reduces anxiety, improves mood and memory, and increases bonding and closeness. Those who hug often tend to have increased empathy for others. In order for hugs to be beneficial, those participating must trust each other and both want to hug. Otherwise, the opposite effect happens, and cortisol levels rise, causing stress.
Celebrate the day by giving hugs at a nursing home or assisted living center. In order for hugs to have their many benefits, make sure the person you are hugging wants to be hugged. Let them know about the day and ask them if they would like to hug before embracing them.
Sometimes it seems I don't add anything personal to these notes especially the ones close to the end of the month. I suppose since it's my blog I can use it to store information as well as share my views if I want to. This subject though is close to my heart! I am a huggy person, I love giving and getting hugs!
If you see me and know who I am a hug is always welcome but then you will need to introduce yourself :)