Bad mood and pain will go away if you hug loved ones more often.
Simple hugs have a powerful effect on a person. The study showed that they help in the treatment of physical and mental illnesses, including depression, and anxiety. Hugs can help you cope with stress and feelings of loneliness, writes The Times of India. They initiate trust and a sense of security in a person, which contributes to building an open and honest connection with another.
Then, hugs increase the concentration of oxytocin, which improves the emotional background. And if the hugs are long, then the concentration of serotonin, the neurotransmitter of good mood, also jumps. They increase self-esteem because everyone wants to be treated especially and with love. Associations from early childhood associated with a sense of self-worth are recorded in the human nervous system. And hugs activate them.
Plus, they promote muscle relaxation and relieve pain by increasing blood circulation in the soft tissues. The nervous system returns to normal, and the person’s breathing is ordered. Hugs can be compared in effect to meditation or laughter therapy, in terms of relaxation and abstraction from current problems.
At the same time, a person learns empathy.