8 Hugs a Day
For more than 2 years now I have had a practice of sharing 8 hugs a day. Why? Hugs promote the release of oxytosin, also known as the ‘love chemical,’ ‘trust molecule,’ and even ‘morality molecule.’ Oxytosin is also released while singing, holding hands, snuggling, and during childbirth, breastfeeding, and sex. It promotes a feeling of belonging and facilitates a feeling of trust and cooperation. Oxytosin reduces stress and anxiety levels, and may even help regulate metabolism.