Dr Oz: Hugs For Health
Dr Oz spent some time on his show discussing happiness with Christine Carter, an author and sociologist who has studied happiness boosters vs happiness blockers in our lives. They also showed how simple acts such as yawning or going outdoors can give you a boost. Next, they had a surprisingly common but overlooked solution for happiness: hugs release oxytocin.
Dr Oz: Hugs Recharge The Body
When is the last time you got a hug? It turns out they can play a huge part in health and happiness. Doctor Oz put his audience to the test, asking them this simple question: would you take a hug from a total stranger if you knew it was the secret to happiness?
What would you answer to that question? In a poll of the audience, 25% of the studio said they would turn down a hug from a stranger. They may be thinking “safety first,” and that’s understandable. When you are on a public street or riding a train, for example, it seems natural to be suspicious of someone who randomly approaches you.
Dr Oz: Hugs Release Oxytocin
On the other hand, Christine Carter explained that hugs are really a great way to improve your mood. She said that giving and receiving hugs helps to release Oxytocin, the feel-good hormone in the brain that is partially responsible for happiness.
Getting regular hugs also means you’re more prone to nurturing feelings of generosity, trust, and happiness in yourself and others. Those are positive attributes I think we could all agree need to be spread these days.
Dr Oz Hug Prescription
Now that you know hugs are an important happiness booster that can help you improve your mood and health, what is the magic number? Would you believe that research has studied how many hugs you need to get in order to be consistently happy?
The answer is that we need to give and receive at least eight hugs per day. And there is a catch: instead of the one-armed “hello” hug, you need to go for a complete embrace, and maybe linger for a moment, like a quick cuddle while standing up.
Who knew there were so many rules about hugs? Now that you know them, how many good hugs do you get each day? How can you find ways to get more hugs every day?