August 6, 2022, 22:09 | In the world
Scientists have discovered very useful properties in this ritual.
If you don't have a good habit of hugging your loved ones for no reason, you should reconsider your views on this cute ritual. Scientists conducted an interesting study that showed how many times a day you need to hug in order to be healthy and happy, informs Ukr.Media.
The chemistry of hugs< /p>
When someone hugs us, skin receptors that react to pressure are activated. They immediately send certain signals to the brain, as a result of which dopamine begins to be produced, which creates a pleasant feeling of pleasure and happiness, reduces stress and tension, stabilizes pulse and blood pressure. In addition, hugs increase the production of oxytocin, the so-called “love hormone.''
At the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (Kyoto), a study was conducted in which a group of people talked to each other for 15 minutes, and then half of them hugged each other . When assessing the physiological parameters in this part of the respondents, the level of cortisol (stress hormone) in the blood was significantly reduced, which cannot be said about the second group of subjects.
According to other research conducted at University College London, hugs create impulses in the brain that help us feel worthy of love and accepted for who we are, and a lack of them can lead to body dissatisfaction and the development of diseases such as anorexia and bulimia.
Los Angeles scientists scanned people's brains after receiving a small electric shock. The subjects' partners were present during this experiment and held their hands. The results showed that such support and physical contact helped people cope with stress and reduce fear.
How many hugs do we need a day?
Actually, a person can live without hugs, but at the same time we will "bit by little die" every day. We need to hug at least 4 times a day to survive, 8 to keep alive and 12 to grow and develop.
A hug is a valuable gift that is pleasant and useful not only to receive, but also to give. Give yourself and your loved ones hugs more often!