There is a great deal of scientific evidence related to the importance of hugs and physical touch.
Stimulates Oxytocin – Promoting feeling of contentment, reducing anxiety and stress lowering our cortisol levels.
Cultivates Patience – Appreciation and acknowledgment of one another benefiting ourselves and others.
Prevent Disease – Improves the immune system with is a direct response from affection through touch.
Stimulates Dopamine – Dopamine is responsible for giving us that feel-good feeling and motivation.
Stimulates Serotonin – Releasing serotonin and endorphins can negate pain and sadness by elevating moods and creating happiness.
Parasympathetic Balance – Balancing out the nervous system. Suggesting a more balanced state of being.
Sources: tinyshift.com; dopamineproject.org