I don’t know about you, but in today’s society how often do people really hug? It takes a 20 second hug for the chemical oxytocin to be released by your brain. Oxytocin is the body’s natural antidepressant and anti anxiety hormone.
There are people at my church who wear buttons advertising “free hugs.” Every week I make sure I get mine. I can honestly say it makes a difference in how the rest of my day goes; I’m better able to focus, and handle stresses and setbacks better.
The opposite is true on days I don’t see anyone else. I’m easily distracted, more scattered, and more on edge. (Today happens to be one of those days.)
On days I have my girls I seem to have the opposite problem. Miss M is often clingy, and I have a hard time getting things done. I try not to discourage it too much though, as I know it may well be just a matter of time and she won’t want to hug me at all. Most of the time Miss J is that way now, so I treasure every hug freely given by her.
What about you? Do you have certain people that you like to give or get hugs to and from? Do you notice a difference when you get a lot of hugs vs. when you don’t?