A study was published, about a decade ago, that intrigued me. It claimed that hugging your partner for 20 seconds significantly lowers your blood pressure and promotes a better stress response.
I’ll speak for myself, here – I. Need. That.
I know that I’ve mentioned the whole “hugging thing” before. I guess it’s no secret that I’m a Hugger. There’s a flip side to that, in my marriage, though. When I’m hurt, angry, or disappointed, I withhold the hugs.
And, it hurts both of us.
I need my oxytocin!
Our marriage needs The Oxytocin!
Before you go worrying that I’ve gone down a bad path, oxytocin is a naturally occurring hormone in our bodies that lowers stress. It’s also commonly referred to as a “bonding hormone”. It doesn’t take a rocket researcher to figure out that a marriage can use all the bonding support it can get.
Knowing that a little extra hugging does a marriage good, is helpful. It also means that when I withhold the hugs, it’s a double-whammy.
Not to mention the fact that Sweetman and I desperately need the grace that those extra seconds of hugging bring to our feelings. Because, I don’t know about you, but for me? Feelings don’t always cooperate with monogamy, commitment, or love-as-an-action-word.
And, For The Love, I wish they would!
But grace courses through our veins when we hug it out. We are given the opportunity to press pause on the marital discord. Fueled by proximity and a whole lot of blood pressure lowering oxytocin, our bond is strengthened.
A cord of three strands is not easily broken. But, when it is, an extra long hug will reattach those strands, and firm up the tenuous ones.
Go on, now… give it a try!
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One More Day! Wait till you see how hot it gets tomorrow…