The importance of hugging your kids

Hugging is SO incredibly powerful, it’s not just beneficial for kids, but for all ages. Whether you’re wrapped up in the arms of your beloved, greeting a friend or saying goodbye, hugs have a way of making us feel special, protected and loved. This simple gesture can do wonders for our well-being and the emotional development of our young ones. Below, are just a few of the many benefits hugging our loved ones gives – be it a bear hug, a cuddle or a warm embrace.

hugging

  • It makes children comfortable with receiving and showing affection toward others
  • It increases good chemicals in the brain which in turn lower stress, promote healing, lower
    blood pressure and make us feel happy
  • It’s a way to communicate love and affection without words
  • It can be a good exercise, rocking, carrying and holding your kids
  • It promotes bonding
  • It creates a healthy sense of personal boundaries
  • It encourages calmness and relaxation
  • It improves immune functions and sleep patterns
  • It lowers anxiety and stress
  • It reduces discomfort from teething, congestion, colic and emotional stress
  • It strengthens the digestive, circulatory and gastrointestinal systems

Research shows that adults need an average of 5 hugs a day. So what are you waiting for? Start those hugs! Just make sure the person on the receiving end is as eager to get them the person giving them. ❤

Till next time…

Peppi Orfanogianni

Special thanks to R. Centeno for the featured image photo. 

 

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