In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I would pass along some results from a study on hugs, plus information on the “hug acupressure point” from Michael Reed Gach of Acupressure.com. What could be easier to do and more fun to give or receive than a hug?! Please use this self-help health tool often and with abandon.
And check out Cooking Without Limit’s sweet breakfast idea for your honey at the end of the post. If you don’t have a honey at the moment, I say fix these heart-shaped waffles for yourself! 🙂
Hug Your Way to Health
Did you know that the more hugs you get, the better your immune system?
In a new study more than 400 healthy adults were exposed to a cold virus and quarantined. The findings? Those who reported getting the fewest hugs in their daily lives were more likely to suffer from severe cold symptoms.
While greater conflict was also linked to a greater likelihood of infection for those getting few hugs, those who were hugged the most were protected from infection even when they had conflicts. So theory suggests that hugs boost immunity by buffering stress.
Source: Sheldon Cohen, PhD, director, Laboratory for the Study of Stress, Immunity and Disease, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.
And here’s a fascinating story and a testament to the power of the human touch and cuddling:
Acupressure is an effective way for me to give and serve others. If I am not giving, I begin to feel depressed and experience a lack of purpose in life. However, when I give Acupressure to myself or others – I feel released and fulfilled.
Love, Serve & Heal. This month is a great time to focus on giving because Valentine’s Day is approaching soon. I much rather give a person Acupressure than send a Valentine’s card. Better yet, when it’s appropriate I love to give hugs.
Hugs stimulate all kinds of Acupressure points like CV17, the Sea of Tranquility located in the center of the breastbone. CV17 is an emotional healing point which opens the chest and relieves, difficulty breathing, chest tightness and anxiety.
Full embraces are so healing. Hugs press points that open your heart, expand your breath and transmit healing energy.
Source: Michael Reed Gach, Acupressure.com
And to end on, a sweet idea from Cooking Without Limits…..
This post is for men or women that don’t cook a lot or at all, but they want to do something special for their loved ones. For some, Valentine’s Day is a challenge. Buying something nice, flowers, presents, something to prove their love, but when you don’t have a lot of money, it is difficult. My advice is go simple. You never cook or maybe just usually do something simple like coffee, tea or toast. Don’t despair.
Try something easy. Start the morning with a beautiful surprise. Make her/him waffles the way you like it: gluten-free, sugar-free, eggs-free or full sugar, gluten and eggs. If you don’t know how to make it, just buy them. Use a cookie cutter in the shape of a heart and make small hearts.
Use blueberries or other fruits. Add a cup of coffee or tea and a flower. Yes, one flower. Bring the breakfast to them in bed and you have won her/his heart early in the morning.
So easy! So simple! But, so beautiful!
Repeat this every day! 😉
Salud and Happy Valentine’s Day!
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Disclaimer: Please not that any information provided here is as a guideline only, and not meant to substitute for the advice of your physician, nutritionist, trained healthcare practitioner, or inner guidance system. Always consult a professional before undertaking any change to your normal health routine.