Oh, just give me a hug already :)

tumblr_meud14uEwH1rjqs8do1_500Happiness is an unexpected hug.

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I have a present for you, but I need to borrow your arms for wrapping paper.  ~Author Unknown

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Today the topic is light, funny and very warm. Yes, we r talking about hugs. How hugs can help us become more happy every day? Well, the answer to a question : how our bodies respond to love and affection is a hormone called oxytocin. Most of our oxytocin is made in the area of the brain called the hypothalamus. Some of that is released into our bloodstream, but much of its effect is thought to reside in the brain.

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I love hugging.  I wish I was an octopus, so I could hug ten people at a time.  ~Drew Barrymore

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Oxytocin makes us feel good when we are close to family and other loved ones, including pets. It does this by acting through what scientists call the dopamine reward system. Dopamine is a brain chemical that plays a crucial part in how we perceive pleasure.

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No matter how hard you hug your money, it never hugs back.  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Oxytocin does more than make us feel good. What else can it do?

-lower the levels of stress hormones in the body

-reduce blood pressure

-improve mood and increase tolerance for pain

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Have you hugged yourself today?

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So – human brain naturally produces oxytocin during few things actually: breast-feeding, orgasm, hugs, snuggling, holding hands, partner dance, massage, bodywork, and prayer.

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Yes, hugs as well. At least 8 hugs per day it’s a medicine to feel a lot happier. After only 20 seconds of hugging someone, one can achieve a spike in oxytocin levels, as well as a decrease in blood pressure, heart rate, and cortisol levels. So do yourself a favor—go hug someone 🙂

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Everybody needs a hug.  It changes your metabolism.  ~Leo Buscaglia

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