Hey MAMers !

In honor of World Hug Day we have compiled a list of 7 ways hugging is beneficial for children! So read on to see how just one 10 second hug a day goes a long way!

1. Hugging helps children feel safe & secure

The physical intimacy of a hug builds trust and a deep sense of safety in children, allowing them to feel emotionally secure, and to know that they are unconditionally loved and accepted. 

2. Hugging reduces stress

Hugs releases dopamine – the feel-good hormone. Hugging can decrease cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and increase oxytocin.

3. Hugging strengthens the immune system

Hugging is great for boosting immunity by helping regulate and balance different hormones in the body. 

4. Hugging boosts self-esteem

We can boost our child’s confidence tremendously with a simple hug, helping them feel secure and thus empowering them to fully engage with the world without fear of rejection because they already feel acceptance from us. 

5. Hugging improves communication skills

Hugging improves communication skills by allowing children to use non-verbal communication as a way to convey emotions.

6. Hugging teaches children how to give and receive

Hugs teach our children that love is a two-way street. Children not only learn to appreciate the warmth of receiving a hug, they learn to show love to others by giving hugs of their own.

7. Hugging keeps us bonded

Hugging promotes secure attachment and improves parent-child bonding. During a hug, time stops  and we are completely "present" in that moment, allowing us to connect to our child physically and emotionally. 

We hope this article will encourage you to make 10 second hugs a part of your daily routine!