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Hugging is the most beautiful form of communication

Hugging is one of the most amazing things that we could ever give another person. Hugging is essentially a form of therapy in itself.

When we receive hugs, it gives us a sense of comfort, care, love, understanding, and many other indescribable feelings. Having that said, wouldn't you agree that giving each other a hug every single day would be a good idea?

There is more to hugging than the surface appearance of it all. There is an actual science that happens within us when we are receiving a hug or giving one to someone else.

The physiological changes we experience deep within as we are being hugged could be described as one of the ultimate forms of being human and alive.

1. Balances the Nervous System

Just by giving someone a hug, you have already begun to balance their nervous system.

Tiny egg-shaped pressure sensors referred to as Pacnician corpuscles found within the skin are linked to the brain through our Vagus nerve.

Essentially what this means is that they sense the feeling of being touched.

What happens when moisture and electricity hover over the skin during a hug can show a balanced state of your nervous system parasympathetic, something that is achieved by psycho-physiological coherence that is created when you are passionately hugging someone!

2. Reduces Stress Levels

Hugging someone can ease a majority of their stress immediately and effectively. Too often we underestimate the power of hugging.

What happens is that when being hugged, the level of cortisol that is circulating throughout our body is reduced tremendously.

This means that our minds are able to calm down and think without stress. The next time you are with your significant other, give them the biggest hug you can summon!

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3. Better Overall Mood

When you hug someone, you begin to increase the production of serotonin in your brain which is the essential chemical you need for a positive attitude/mood. This also boosts your self-esteem.

Something to keep in mind when thinking about depression or those who are lonely, is that they are experiencing really low levels of serotonin.

When you hug someone, the brain begins to release more serotonin and endorphin into your blood vessels, creating pleasure and expelling sorrow.

4. Relaxes Your Body

Hugging can actually cause your muscles to relax in the best ways possible. When receiving a hug, our muscles begin to release tension all over the body. Seriously, why aren't we hugging each other more often?

5. Heart Health Improves/Decreased Heart Rate

Hugging has the amazing ability to decrease our heart rate.

A study brought to light by the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, suggested that the volunteers who had little to no contact at all with their partners had developed a much faster heart rate of 10 beats per minute, compared to the standard 5 beats per minute of those who were hugged by their partner all the time.

Essentially, the lower your heart rate is the less trouble you will have for cardiac illnesses.

In short, we need to be hugging each other every single day for our mental and physical health. More importantly, our happiness.

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New research says being forgetful is actually a sign of intelligence

For us forgetful types, there's usually a worry that our sometimes-poor memory is a sign of our minds failing us, or even worse, that we may be suffering the early onset of some memory-related disease.

Fear not, as some new research from Neuron suggests that forgetting things is a sign of intelligence, and that your brain is working efficiently.

"Forgetting things isn't just normal," reads a report from CNN, "it actually makes us smarter." As having a near-perfect memory has almost always been a signifier of a well-optimized brain, you might wonder how this could be the case.

The research goes on to explain, however, that the true function of memory is "to optimize intelligent decision-making by holding onto what's important and letting go of what's not."

Cast in this light, knowing that our brains opt to prioritize importance over accuracy makes a lot more sense.

Instead of trying to help us recall every moment of every day, our brains attempt to make the information that will help us make critical decisions most readily available, furthering our chances of survival and success.

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There's an added benefit to being able to forget easily, the research also notes. It helps us adapt quickly to new situations, and change our way of thinking to better fit our current circumstances.

Imagine, the researchers posit, trying to make sense of a situation and multiple, conflicting memories dictating how you should act flood your head.

That makes it harder to choose a course of action, while being able to cast away outdated information and make room for the new makes us more capable.

In fact, it might even be helpful for us to give our brains a hand in this department, by engaging in activities that help clear out useless information every so often.

Regular trips to the gym and a few more peaceful walks around the block or through the woods work wonders.

So, wrapping up, it's important for us forgetful types to remember that our brain isn't deleting memories out of spite — it's glossing over the insignificant details so we can better understand the bigger picture.

We can finally stop being so hard on ourselves, to a degree, at least!

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