To hug is to squeeze someone tightly in the arms, typically to express affection. A definition from Wikipedia says, a hug is a form of physical intimacy, universal in human communities, in which two or more people put their arms around the neck, back, or waist of another and hold each other closely.
If it involves more than two persons, we can refer to it as a group hug.
Instead of the ‘hug’, one can use words such as “embrace”, “cuddle”, “squeeze”, “clasp”, “clutch” and “cling to” to express or communicate the same information. Hugging is common among humans with some impacts and implications both notable and concealed. The quest for the mysteries behind the act of hugging led me to somewhat interesting juices to share with you.
To some of us, hugging is just a mere act where as to another, it is such a great deal. Beyond your understanding of the act, do you know that when we hug or embrace someone, our system releases oxytocin which lightens up the mood and comforts the soul? However, we may be interested in what oxytocin actually is. It is a peptide hormone and neuropeptide produced by the paraventricular nucleus of the hypothalamus and released by the posterior. It plays a role in social bonding, sexual reproduction and childbirth. Oxytocin is mostly active in women during childbirth. This article seeks to shed light on social bonding. It is also referred to as the “love hormone” by many researchers worldwide.
It is believed that hugging works magic in times of sorrow, anguish, fear and loneliness. Well, hugging does not only perform magic in bad times, it also does during the happy times. There aren’t specific or accepted types of hugs but I could assemble a few. I’d be glad if you share others with me.
Cling and Spin – This could be done in two ways. Either the lady or the guy but mostly the lady jump and clings to the guy to express how much she misses him. It could be from behind or the front, whichever way is so cozy. Should it be from behind then, it’s highly positive that the guy may be unaware hence, might not be able to catch or hold on to her as he would have done if she came through the front side.
Hung on – This type of hug is associated with kids. It involves throwing and catching of a young one. It keeps them active and excited as well as creating somewhat loving affection for you. It tends to draw them closer to you at all times.
There is another form where both arms of persons involved are wrapped around each other so tightly and for several hours. This type can be a great source of strength and comfort.
A hug from a loved one is cherished mostly because it is backed by a sincere and genuine heart.
- It makes us conscious of the fact that we need to share warmth with one another.
- It contributes to the relaxation of the muscle, thereby releasing stress and tension.
- It assures us of belongingness. A genuine hug causes someone to feel loved and cared for.
- It elevates ones mood. To the weary and devastated, it restores strength and happiness.
- It heals wounds, feeling of loneliness and exasperation.
- It contributes to strong bonds, trust and safety.
Do you enjoy hugs?
Do you hug just anyone?
How do you feel when hugging a loved one?
I enjoy hugging. In fact the very tight one.
I do not hug just anyone. I share my warmest hug with my loved one most of the times.
I feel pompous when hugging.
Share with me your experience and stay blessed.