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The Power of Hugs!

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Welcome to this week’s broadcast of Jacquie Straight Up, the place to be if you want to live a kick-ass life of wealth and freedom. I love the subject of this week’s video – it’s all about the power of HUGS!! There are some amazing stats about hugs that you may not know about – I was totally blown away when I started looking into this. Research shows that deep hugs are extremely effective at healing sickness, disease, loneliness, stress, anxiety and depression! It’s incredible! Here’s the thing, hugs instantly boost oxytocin levels – the “love” neurotransmitter that promotes feelings of contentment. When oxytocin is released into the body it lowers the heart rate and lowers stress levels and blood pressure. The oxytocin also causes the release of dopamine – our body’s own natural antidepressant. And holding a hug for an extended time raises our mood and happiness level! The bottom line is hugs are darn good for you! When it comes to relationships, the nurturing touch of a hug builds trust and gives us a sense of safety. It encourages empathy and understanding. Happy couples hug a lot!

I have to tell you a quick story of the most monumental hug of my life: I met a handsome young guy in a grocery store back in 2012 – and after a lot of flirting he asked me if I’d like to get together that evening to have some fun! Well of course! Why would I say no to that! But when he buzzed my door bell I suddenly thought “Oh my Gosh, what on earth am I going to do with this young guy and what did we even have in common?” Turns out my concern was completely unfounded. I opened the door and he stood there with this huge smile on his beautiful face. He opened his big arms and embraced me with an emotional hug so intense it was as though we had known each other our whole lives. I knew in that moment that the evening would unfold as it should, and I knew that this man was unique—his soul was special. I melted into him. It was that awe-inspiring hug that connected us from that fist moment and all our differences faded away.  And 8 months later we were married.

So remember to hug big and hug often – It can improve your health, your mood, your happiness and just may change your life! Thank you so much for watching this video – If you’ve liked it, please click the like button and share it with others– I’d really appreciate that. And I’d love to hear from you so make sure to leave a comment below this video and let me know your experiences with the power of hugs! I’m Jacquie Somerville reminding you that the way to live a kick-ass life is to be your own soul mate. Treat yourself with love and care and I’ll see you next time for another episode of Jacquie Straight Up- Bye!

  • Lindsay K.
    Posted at 13:38h, 02 August Reply

    What a great topic this week Jacquie! I’m one of those people that goes in for a hug when most people expect a handshake….. Hugs are truly powerful!

    • Jacquie
      Posted at 09:47h, 03 August Reply

      Awesome Lindsay – I love it!

      • Elizabeth mulligan
        Posted at 01:57h, 04 August Reply

        So true. I am not generally a affectionate person but my children who I teach and are special needs have taught me we all need a hug. When I welcome them off the bus every morning they run into my arms for a hug. What a wonderful feeling.

        • Jacquie
          Posted at 08:57h, 04 August Reply

          What a lovely comment – Thank you Liz! Brings a big smile to my face! XO

  • Deborah
    Posted at 13:38h, 02 August Reply

    I love this topic Jacquie! I am going to make it a point to hug more this week!

    • Jacquie
      Posted at 09:48h, 03 August Reply

      Fantastic Deborah! x

  • Lyn
    Posted at 08:12h, 03 August Reply

    Absolutely true! We are a hugging family and I love it.

    • Jacquie
      Posted at 09:48h, 03 August Reply

      Yes!! May more families become “hugging families”!! XO

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