Hugs can bring you both closer and turn even a bad day into a good one, keeping you both physically and emotionally healthy.
It's how arguments end, it's how you fill your partner with hope, and it's how you show your loved one just how much you care —by giving them a big, warm hug. A hug can be the one thing that you need when you feel like nothing is going your way. But apart from that momentary satisfaction, it might have its own special way of healing and soothing your body and mind. Here's how hugs help you and your partner.
Hugs can strengthen the trust between you and your partner. When you receive a hug, the hormone, oxytocin releases, and it makes you feel more at ease and affectionate. Paula S. Barry, MD and physician at Penn Family and Internal Medicine Longwood said, “Sometimes called the 'cuddle hormone' or 'feel-good hormone,' oxytocin is produced by the hypothalamus and released by the pituitary gland when we’re physically affectionate, producing what some describe as warm fuzzies – feelings of connection, bonding, and trust.”
Whenever your partner throws their arms around you, they are protecting you from falling sick without even knowing it. Receiving frequent hugs from the one you love can reduce your chances of falling sick, as found by the results of a study, published in the SAGE Journals. So, when you have a partner who loves to give you hugs, you both are less likely to fall sick. The study also found that even if you do fall sick, you are less likely to develop severe signs of illness if you frequently receive hugs.
You feel a rush of warmth and all those happy emotions when you hug your partner. What actually might be happening inside your body is the increase of oxytocin, and this soothes you. The findings of a study, published on NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information), showed that premenopausal women showed lower rates of blood pressure and higher levels of oxytocin when they received frequent hugs from their partners or their spouses. Lower levels of blood pressure can possibly reduce your risk of several medical conditions and keep your heart healthy.
Hugs can be the remedy that prevents you and your partner from having a bad day. Getting a hug can prepare you for any kind of conflict that might occur later in the day. A study pointed out that participants who received hugs were less affected by negative events or conflicts that followed. This could be because you feel safer and more cared for after a hug, and even if a stressful experience comes your way later, you don't feel as reactive or hurt by it. Hugs make you feel safe and secure in the arms of your partner, and this could help you both get through fights or arguments in better ways in case they arise.
You instantly relaxed when you're hugging someone, almost like all your worries are melting away. And there might just be some science behind it. A study on PLOS ONE found that hugs can possibly reduce stress. Dr. Scott Bea from Cleveland Clinic said that the longer the hug, the more powerful it can be. “I think the longer the hug lasts, the more our thoughts wind down,” said Dr. Bea. “Because we could be hugging, but over-thinking and not noticing the hug; and I think if we hang on just a little bit longer, some of that thinking goes down, and we actually start to feel the presence of the human being in front of us.” So, whenever you do feel overwhelmed with emotions when you're with your partner or you both are not in a good space, hug it out and both of you might be able to get a better grip over what you're feeling. And this would make you both feel less stressed and better able to come to a conclusion that's good for both of you.