When the right person hugs you, it’s like medicine. I’m so grateful for those few people in my life who are good for my soul. Steve Maraboli
I saw this quote this morning and it reminded me of how there have been so many times when my husband has hugged me and I told him it felt like medicine. All of my worries seem to melt away in his arms. My shoulders relax and I feel complete protection from the world. It seemed like an odd comment to come out of me, but that is how my whole body felt when I said it. There is so much power in physical touch. Our positive, loving touch can mean so much to others. Sadly as a society, we have come to fear touch. A handshake is a dying art of giving your word and meaning it. A touch on someone’s shoulder can be misconstrued as unwanted perversion because there is so much perversion around us now.
In summarizing an online article in Healthline Magazine it says hugs can help in the following ways:
1.Hugs reduce stress by showing support
2. Hugs may protect you against illness
3. Hugs may boost your heart health
4. Hugs can make you happier
5. Hugs help reduce your fears
6. Hugs may help reduce your pain
7. Hugs help you communicate with others
Science supports something that was put into us before we were even born, a God given ability to heal in small ways just by showing others we love and care for them with physical touch. It can reduce anxiety in people with low self-esteem. It can produce Oxytocin which causes a reduction in blood pressure and of the stress hormone norepinephrine. Oxytocin has been referred as the “cuddle hormone” because the levels of it rise when we hug, touch or sit close to someone.
Don’t let anyone put fear into you and make you scared of a handshake, or a hug. They are ways of connecting to one another on a deeper level than a text, a phone call or a brief wave from a distance. We were not created to be alone or distanced. So next time you see your friend, a sibling or your spouse give them a hug. It might be just what they needed that day.
Hugs are medicine.