Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Hugs are an incredible thing. It shows someone really cares and that you can trust and be trusted when given a hug. Today I have been given hugs by different people, who show they care. One friend's hug told me he will be here for me, and the other is someone who just recently went through a divorce as well and His hug told me he understood. So much happens between two people, the contact is more than just physical but it is also a very relieving spiritual mean.
I wanted to understand this more and I googled hugs...haha..googled should be a verb, and yet my computer is saying its a typo. Anyways, Some things that came up were Hugs are more beneficial than an antidepressant pill. (psychology today magazine) Another website states that levels of the stress hormone cortisol decreased in women, as did their blood pressure when receiving and given a hug, also hugs release two feel-good brain chemicals, serotonin and dopamine.
In a trial test they found:
* Blood pressure increased significantly more among the no-contact group as compared to the huggers.
* Heart rate among those without contact increased 10 beats a minute, compared to five beats a minute for huggers.
On the spiritual level, it just feels good to be close. Kinda like an I Robot movie quote:
Dr Alfred Lanning:
There have always been ghosts in the machine. Random segments of code, that have grouped together to form unexpected protocols. Unanticipated, these free radicals engender questions of free will, creativity, and even the nature of what we might call the soul. Why is it that when some robots are left in darkness, they will seek out the light? Why is it that when robots are stored in an empty space, they will group together, rather than stand alone? How do we explain this behavior? Random segments of code? Or is it something more? When does a perceptual schematic become consciousness? When does a difference engine become the search for truth? When does a personality simulation become the bitter mote... of a soul?
So yeah I think our souls are what make us want to be closer, to seek light and stand together...a hug can be this missing link, a spiritual closeness, one where we connect with our brother and sisters since we have no USB ports or Flash drives to connect between each other (Or like avatar...LOVE IT) I guess When I received my hugs today I felt uplifted, I felt understood. Its been a while since I've felt this way, So thank you my dear friends.
Have you hugged today? Remember, You need to give love to receive it, You need to give a hug to receive one. So shower today and put on your deodorant and Start Hugging! lol, I think i will increase my hugs, and You should too...so when I hug you, you wont be freaked out... :D
P.S. For my birthday..I would love a shirt that says free hugs... haha