Oh Youthful, Beautiful and Charismatic Ones:
Thanksgiving’s just behind us. Hanukah, Christmas, Yule, Mithra’s Birthday, and Festivus (“for the rest of us”) are just ahead.
Here between the Holidays we are sending you a Big Hug.
We here at HypnoticBeauty.com are bodacious hug connoisseurs.
Some might even call us hug gluttons. We prefer to think of ourselves as hug gourmets.
What do hugs have to do with hypnosis?
More than we dreamed! Follow along.
A wise soul named Robin at Sacred Dreams Inspiration got us woke to how much hugging and hypnosis have in common. She (or if this is the famous “rob from the rich and give to the poor” Robin … or Batman’s Robin … he) says:
When a hug lasts 20 seconds, there is a therapeutic effect on the body and mind. The reason is that a sincere embrace produces a hormone called “oxytocin”, also known as the love hormone. This substance has many benefits in our physical and mental health, helps us, among other things, to relax, to feel safe and calm our fears and anxiety.
So, how, per Robin, do hugs “work”? A good long hug:
1. Stimulates oxytocin: “promoting feelings of contentment, reducing anxiety and stress, and even making mammals monogamous.”
2. Cultivates patience: “Connections are fostered when people take the time to appreciate and acknowledge one another. A hug is one of the easiest ways to show appreciation and acknowledgement of another person.”
3. Prevents disease: “Affection also has a direct response on the reduction of stress which prevents many diseases.”
4. Stimulates the thymus gland: “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. Communication without saying a word: “The interpretation of body language can be based on a single gesture and hugging is an excellent method of expressing yourself nonverbally to another human being or animal.
6. Self-esteem: “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.”
7. Stimulates Dopamine: “Dopamine is responsible for giving us that feel-good feeling, and it’s also responsible for motivation! Hugs stimulate brains to release dopamine, the pleasure hormone.”
8. Stimulates Serotonin: “Hugging for an extended time lifts one’s serotonin levels, elevating mood and creating happiness.”
9. Parasympathetic balance: “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.”
Remarkably, all of the effects produced by hugs are similar and sometimes even identical to the effects of hypnosis and self-hypnosis!
So if, for whatever reason, you find yourself in a hug dry spell there’s a better solution than accosting strangers on the street. As much as we kinda like the idea of hugging strangers, it’s … sort of illegal. Plus we are big on the whole “asking permission” thing.
Either way, some people might take a hug, or even a request for permission to hug, kinda the wrong way. Dicey.
Great way of feeling good AND of growing younger, more beautiful, and more charismatic! Also, safer.
PS, One of my hypnosis partner Ralph’s favorite TV shows is the Teletubbies. He watched them with his children when his kinder were very very young. He still considers the show the most hypnotic ever made (except maybe the now-banned 38th episode of Pokemon), even more hypnotic than The Manchurian Candidate. It was a source of great joy for him to recently learn that Tinky Winky, Dipsie, Laa-Laa and Po will be returning … with their signature hug. And they loved the Noo-Noo too!
‘Tis the Season!