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During a recent book signing, following a keynote presentation for approximately 800 attendees, I was surprised at the amount of people who wanted and initiated a hug. Modern society is lacking in warm and authentic connection.
Each hug caused a positive ripple effect, inspiring strong and healthy connection. Corporate America is missing out on the power of hugs. 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.
HORMONAL BENEFITS OF A HUG: When we hug someone, oxytocin is released into our bodies via the pituitary gland. That hormone release lowers our cortisol levels (hormone responsible for stress, high blood pressure, and heart disease).
Hugs lower our heart rates
Hugs enhance relationships
Hugs can increase your self-esteem
Hugs can lower stress
Hugs can lower the risk of heart disease
Hugs can boost immunity
Beyond the health benefits, 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: ). Your company will experience lower absenteeism due to health or mood related issues. Your culture will be infused with enthusiasm, optimism and a general sense of corporate unity.
HUG A FRIEND OR COLLEAGUE TODAY.
The feel good factor is contagious and will impact your culture, your customers and of course your bottom line.
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