Holding a grandchild, kissing your spouse, or embracing a good friend can trigger that special, warm feeling we call love. Now, scientists are saying that hugging and kissing can have long-term physical and mental health benefits.
When we kiss or hug someone, a chemical called oxytocin is released into our bodies by our pituitary gland, which lowers our heart rate and cortisol levels. High cortisol hormone levels in the body are responsible for weight gain, stress, high blood pressure and heart disease. Oxytocin has been called the love or cuddle hormone because it deepens the feelings of attachment and physical bond with another person.
Hugs and kisses also stimulate the brain to release dopamine or the pleasure hormone. Lovers often show signs of elevated dopamine, which can increase energy, decrease the need for sleep and food, along with bringing a focused attention to the most delightful aspects of the partner and relationship.
Hugging and kissing increases human boding, physical and emotional pleasure, decreases stress, reduces weight gain
while lowering common heart ailments including heart disease
. Sign me up for multiple hug and/or love sessions now please!
Do you have your list of hug and/or love targets? If not, I suggest you find someone you love, someone you would like to love, or someone who needs love and squeeze the oxytocin and dopamine out of them.
They’ll appreciate it, and so will you!
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