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8 Hugs a Day per person can go a long way to increase a community life expectancy

Preity posted this Dec. 4, 2013

10 Reasons Why You Need at Least 8 Hugs a Day For Your Health

1. The nurturing touch of a hug builds trust and a sense of safety. This helps with open and honest communication.

2. Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.

3. Holding a hug for an extended time lifts one’s serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.

4. Hugs strengthen the immune system. The gentle pressure on the sternum and the emotional charge this creates activates the Solar Plexus Chakra. This stimulates the thymus gland, which regulates and balances the body’s production of white blood cells, which keep you healthy and disease free.

5. Hugging boosts self-esteem. From the time we’re born our family’s touch shows us that we’re loved and special. The associations of self-worth and tactile sensations from our early years are still embedded in our nervous system as adults. The cuddles we received from our Mom and Dad while growing up remain imprinted at a cellular level, and hugs remind us at a somatic level of that. Hugs, therefore, connect us to our ability to self love.

6. Hugging relaxes muscles. Hugs release tension in the body. Hugs can take away pain; they soothe aches by increasing circulation into the soft tissues.

7. Hugs balance out the nervous system. The galvanic skin response of someone receiving and giving a hug shows a change in skin conductance. The effect in moisture and electricity in the skin suggests a more balanced state in the nervous system – parasympathetic.

8. Hugs teach us how to give and receive. There is equal value in receiving and being receptive to warmth, as to giving and sharing. Hugs educate us how love flows both ways.

9. Hugs are so much like meditation and laughter. They teach us to let go and be present in the moment. They encourage us to flow with the energy of life. Hugs get you out of your circular thinking patterns and connect you with your heart and your feelings and your breath.

10. The energy exchange between the people hugging is an investment in the relationship. It encourages empathy and understanding. And, it’s synergistic: the whole is more than the sum of its parts: 1+ 1 = 3 or more! This synergy is more likely to result in win-win outcomes.

Note 1: I like hugging. I may also mention these same 10 reasons why friendly massages, holding hands… increase community tolerance level, our self-esteem and longevity…

Note 2: I’m handicapped and unable to extend life-expectancy of any modern community:

1. My hands are mostly cold, most of the year, particularly when in the shadow

2. I’m a smoker. Must find a smoker or an ex-smoker who relishes this aphrodisiac smell

3. My circle of friends are very restricted…

4. Must negotiate with a couple of people for multiple hugs a day to make the count of 8 and over…

5. A single beautiful and lovable person can do the trick… I’m searching for this person…

Our entire life is a constant stream of acts of faith…

Our brain is trained, since we are born, to act according to sets of acts of faith.

Whatever we were told about, taught, any behavior we were “forced” to change, tacitly or consciously, are intrinsic part of our belief system.

We move around and do thousands of involuntary acts and decisions during the day without being aware of them: Our unconscious brain is taking over most of our acts and decisions, and is in total control of our daily habits.

You purchase a red car. The next day your mind plays tricks on you and you see your car is turning greenish. What color are you ready to believe you car is? You don’t believe your senses at this moment, but you rely on your act of faith. The car you purchased was red, you saw it, it is the color of your preference and Red is how you were told the color is.

For thousands of years, earth was flat and the sun fixed. This act of faith didn’t turn earth not roundish and the sun constantly moving…

This belief system didn’t change the daily life of the common people, except those who dared to challenge these concepts.

The “reformed belief system” just opened up new job opportunities and business undertaking, for better or worse.

We go to schools and we are inculcated thousands of “pieces of knowledge” without experimenting, investigating, or even reflecting on these knowledge. This big baggage of acts of faith, which we carry around, without even realizing that these knowledge as in fact sets of a belief system.

You have people calling themselves scientists and engineering who say they only believe in plain “facts” and experimental research…

Now and then, you have a bloke telling them that their “scientific” system of assumptions and taken for granted rational or logical acquisition are faulty. Paradigm shifts are common occurrences in every field of study, and yet, the scientific professionals in every field of practice take to their graves the old belief system. How do you expect the common people to change their belief systems?

And you have all these clerics from all religions and sects trying their hardest to superimpose “conscious knowledge” of mythical stories and abstract notions on your already supercharged acts of faith.

All these clerics making it a business to make you believe in redundant “set of faiths” by frequent training and practices (going to religious ceremony, contributing money, getting to gathering, baptizing, wedding, burying you..) building in routines of customs and rituals… As your family and educational systems have done previously.

And you have people changing their religious faith because a few prescribed daily habits in these sects are more comfortable and suit better their comfort zone, and then claim to believe in the entire structure of the belief system of their new religion… And go about persecuting the hapless members of other religions…

As if our brain does not function naturally going about acts of faith

A well-oiled system that drives you implicitly to constant stream of acts of faith

When young, we hanged on varied ideologies, principles, moral standards, opinions… As we grow up, we try to alter many of these positions with rational attitudes and “sounder logic”… But if we scratch a little deeper under this thin rational reversal of stands, anyone who knew us will discover the foundations of the initial belief system.  All we do is to fundamentally fool ourselves that we have changed…

Basically, we spend our life adapting to the default belief systems and default values, pre-programmed in our nervous system…

What can bring change to our mind are frequent different actions and engagement in order to train the brain to newer sets of belief systems with newer daily habits, physically and in thinking.

We need to make conscious effort to attend and observe how we obey the automatic reactions of our nervous system, and try to disobey the automatic orders, now and then. Exercise our attention restricted capabilities to increase our emotional intelligence...

And this is a harsh journey for actually changing the initial acts of faith that we have lived with for so many years and are part of our fiber.

As we grow up, we start claiming that we don’t trust people, and that we trust animals on the ground their behavior do not fluctuate wildly…

Fact is we tend to heap good faith on strangers, and particularly when we are strangers in their environment.

As we lack the energy to investigate and ask targeted questions on every stranger, we rely on the blink judgement power of our unconscious to do the quick and dirty job for us.

All those idiosyncratic opinions and judgment we amass growing up, the countless forgotten experience that we have forgotten, the zillion innuendos that our memories have stashed away, for the unconscious to retrieve and sift through at leisure…


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