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I loveeeeeeee hugs. Call me weird, but I do. Here are some fun facts about hugs:)


* Cuddling increases feelings of safety, security, trust, strength, healing, self worth, belonging, happiness and appreciation
* A hug encourages bonding by increasing the levels of oxytocin in the body

* Studies show that IQ development is delayed in children who don’t receive hugs. Those that lack hugs start walking, talking and reading later

* According to a survey taken in America, marriages where hugging or touching are present, last longer than those without

* A brief hug with a romantic partner is equivalent to 10 minutes of handholding and greatly reduces stress

* Psychologist Karen Grewen found that both males and females gain higher levels of oxytocin (bonding hormone) after a hug

* People crave 13 hugs a day – but most don’t receive this many 

* A hug normally lasts 9.5 seconds

* On average, people spend an hour a month, hugging

* As hugging increases oxytocin and reduces cortisol – it leads us to a healthy heart and lower blood pressure (good for those with hypertension)

* Hugs also lower our heart rate, promoting a calming effect

* Full body hugs stimulate the nervous system

* It decreases the feeling of loneliness, helps up combat fear, increases self-esteem, affirms relationships, defuses tension and shows appreciation.

There you go! Now go get those 13 hugs!

xoxo Edyn @mixer-upper
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