Have you hugged a grandchild today?
Renowned family therapist Virginia Satir once said, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.”
Here are 10 reasons why hugs are so important — and why you should share a few with your grandchild today.
Hugging makes a child giggle.
Hugs make you giggle, too.
Hugs alleviate tension, show compassion.
Hugs are an easy way to say “I love you!” without saying a thing.
Hugs strengthen social and familial bonds.
Hugs lower the stress hormone cortisol while increasing the "feel good" chemicals serotonin and dopamine.
Hugs are free and require no special equipment.
Hugs increase self-esteem and feelings of acceptance.
Hugs are linked to lowering heart disease, according to studies, and it’s never too early to start heart-healthy, preventive measures.
And the NUMBER ONE reason to hug your grandchild:
Because it feels so darn good — to you and your grandchild!
Ultimately, though, do we really need a reason to hug our grandchildren?
I don't think so.
When did you last hug a child?