Metro: the science behind hugs

ended 17. May 2021

A journalist at Metro is looking for experts to explain the science (literal or metaphorical) behind why hugs are good for us. She is specifically keen to hear about the different things that happen to our bodies when we hug and why hugs are so important to human beings. Deadline is dead tight!
 

3 responses from the Newspage community

"Hugs connect us with each other. As a baby, it reassures us that we are not alone and that our needs will be met. We never grow out of that, even if we have to learn to meet our own needs more."
"When we hug someone (that we like!), our bodies release oxytocin, which is one of our feel good happy hormones. Oxytocin is especially connected with bonding and attachments. "The news Boris may be less than thrilled with is that in order for the Oxytocin to flow, hugs need to last for 20 seconds or more. So it might just be that for now it's safer to have a brief hug and then let the oxytocin flow from just laughing and enjoying spending time face to face with our loved ones after so long apart."
“Low-intensity skin stimulation such as hugging leads to a release of Oxytocin, which plays a role in stress reduction and creating social bonds. “Hugs can play a positive role in creating bonds only when the hug is wanted. This phenomenon isn’t restricted to just humans and may be partially responsible for the increase in household pets over the past 12 months.”