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During a recent book signing, following a keynote presentation for approximately 800 attendees, I was surprised at the amount who wanted and initiated a hug. Each hug caused a positive ripple effect, inspiring connection. Corporate America is missing out on the power of hugs.
HORMONAL BENEFITS OF A HUG: When we hug someone, oxytocin is released into our bodies by our pituitary gland. That hormone release lowers both our heart rates and our cortisol levels (hormone responsible for stress, high blood pressure, and heart disease). Just make sure the hug is not "creepy" or too long. It's relative and open to interpretation. Ultimately, if your intentions of sharing a hug are genuine, authentic and healthy, it is a win win.
Hugging makes us more approachable, relatable and trust worthy. Research shows that when we trust somebody, more oxytocin is released, adding to the existing amount. The hug makes the other person not only feel good about us, but feel good about themselves.
BENEFITS OF OXYTOCIN AT WORK: Teams that caused or encouraged oxytocin release in each other were more productive and innovative, and enjoyed the tasks they were doing more, than those whose brains did not connect to their teammates. (Research by Paul J. Zak:
HUG A FRIEND OR COLLEAGUE TODAY, IF NOT NOW.
The feel good factor is contagious and will impact your culture, your customers and of course your bottom line.
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