February being the month of love I wanted to share this information about the power and benefits of kissing! Not that we are not aware of the good feelings we get from kissing a loved one but here are the top 10 reasons to kiss for you mind, body and soul!
- Lowers blood pressure
- Decreases cortisol stress hormone
- Increases serotonin
- Reduces pain
- Increases oxytocin
- Improves immunity
- Fights off cavities
- Increases dopamine
- Improves mood
- Lowers anxiety
Being a die hard Pat’s fan I watch and read a great deal about the team. On game day I have a meal cooking away in the crock pot and my family knows not to impede my watching of the game. I recently watched the “raw” footage of a video taken in the locker room and saw a different side of the stone faced Belichick. He gruffly scolded a cameraman to get out of the way and stood at the door of the lockerroom and HUGGED every player and person coming into the locker room. Not just a hug but a full on bear hug!
I wanted to remind us all of the benefits of hugging, especially under stress or in overwhelm when our instinct might be to recoil for others!
Hugging is a team sport because the hugger and huggie both gain the benefits! A trusting, loving hug brings the most benefits which includes some of the same as kissing.
Increases levels of the “love hormone” oxytocin, which is beneficial for stress levels, heart health.
A 20-second hug reduces the harmful physical effects of stress, including its impact on your blood pressure and heart rate.
A 10-second hug a day may fight infections, boost your immune system, ease depression and lessen fatigue.