Did you know that hugging someone releases a powerful hormone in your body that increases the feelings of love, trust and generosity. It’s called oxytocin! Oxytocin is released from the pituitary gland in your brain, most often known when a pregnant woman goes into labor and when breastfeeding. The release of this hormone increases uterine contractions and milk supply in lactation. Less known, it also increases the feelings of bonding between two people. Hugging is one of the easiest ways to release this incredible hormone and help you feel happier and loved. The release of oxytocin is also associated with decreased levels of the hormone cortisol, which is a stress hormone (we don’t want this).
So if you’re feeling down, find someone you care about and give them a hug! A warm, fuzzy hug!