It’s kind of nice travelling on your own, headphones in, listen to your favourite tunes, disappear within the masses of people at the airport, drink coffee, read, watch people and just do everything at your own pace.
When you travel on your own you also have so much time to think about things, apart from planning my next home improvement, which I’ll write more about next week, on Wednesday, for some reason I thought about hugging, both how weird & nice it is to hug and how it impacts us. .
Slightly off topic but as this blog is about ‘what makes my life beautiful’ it kind of fits in.
Admit it, nothing gives you comfort quiet like a warm hug.
Hugs from different people obviously feels different and you might hug for various reasons; to say hello, goodbye, good luck, feel better, to give support or to cherish good news. Hugs might be shared with people that know you inside out, or with strangers. Excluding all of the above factors, a bit of research has enlightened me and I’ve now familiarised myself with the scientific impact hugs actually have and why many humans naturally are drawn to hug each other.
Hugs are natural stress relievers.
Hugging lowers our blood pressure, helpful if you’re feeling anxious, as well as lowering our cortisol, which is our stress hormone enabling better sleep.
When you hug often, your level of oxytocin increases, which strengthens your social bonds.
Hugging also stimulates dopamine (our pleasure hormone) production and this hormone is a part of our brains’ reward mechanism.
Even if I’ve never been much of a hugger, indeed, it’s an essential part of healthy emotional and physical development so next time you’re not sure if that physical contact is right, be brave and hug more!