It seems like such a simple thing, but a hug can be one of the most powerful forms of human interaction in existence. Whether you call it a cuddle or hug, the act of snuggling is also an essential part of our emotional and social development. Touch is one of our five senses but research has consistently shown that many people in the West are touch-deprived.
This design is meant to remind us of the power of simply reaching out and giving a hug. Many illnesses, both mental and physical, go unseen to the outside world and those suffering can feel the need to self isolate rather than reaching out for help. It can be difficult as a loved one to know how to help. Touch and the simple act of a hug can be enough to help someone turn a corner and see the light. It can show your care without needing to think of the right words.
This series of designs was inspired by our founder, Karla and the things that she finds the most comfort in as she deals with the pain and anxiety of living with stage four cancer.
Artist: Dana Gendler
When we cuddle someone, our bodies release oxytocin, which is commonly referred to as the ‘love’ hormone. This is a hormone that calms you down and can even make you feel better equipped at dealing with stressful situations by reducing cortisol levels and triggering dopamine. Evidence has even indicated that the chemical reaction in a cuddle can block pain signals and lower inflammation. So, a cuddle a day can truly keep the doctor away! (Live Science)
There is also evidence to suggest that regular hugs can be effective in boosting your immunity. One study introduced over 400 people to the virus that is known to cause the common cold to study the impact of regular cuddles. The results showed that the participants who were hugged frequently were less likely to develop an infection, or showed reduced symptoms. (Sage Journals)
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