So how many hugs do you get a day? According to Virginia Satir, “Mother of Family Therapy”
We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.
Given the message to unplug and hug, twelve hugs a day will provide lots of opportunities for expansion. Beyond growth, however, hugging can be a potent healer of the soul. Hugs can be exchanged anywhere, no outlet required. No tech device can claim that super power!
So, what’s in a hug?
Hugging actually stimulates certain brain chemicals. Oxytocin is what makes us social beings and allows us to feel empathy for others. The boost in oxytocin resulting from a hug can ease feelings of loneliness and isolation, and even reduce feelings of anger. Have you ever tried to stay mad at someone when you are hugging? I find it virtually impossible. Serotonin, one of the “feel good” hormones, is also released when embracing for an extended period, elevating our mood and creat...
I've talked a lot about the social and personal benefits of unplugging.
When we unplug we are able to make one-on-one human connections and forge stronger personal bonds with our loved ones. Shutting down periodically also provides opportunities to appreciate the beauty of nature, do hands-on activities with our kids, explore our hobbies, be more productive at work and get in touch with our inner selves through things like meditation and exercise. (For me, that also includes a healthy dose of retail therapy!)
But unplugging is also a way to stave off health issues associated with the over-use of our phones, tablets and computers. And there are many. An abundance of research shows a direct correlation between the use of digital devices and things like increased stress levels, decreased attention span (especially in our kids), radiation and cancer.
Using our Smartphones, tablets, smart watches and computers is unavoidable in our (ever growing) digital world. We nee...
The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.
I am honored to be a guest blogger on Unplug & Hug! Thank you for reading.
Let’s get started by visualizing a pair of hands reaching out to feel a soft rain or waving to a friend.
Now, let’s rewind to a month ago when I received my first Accunect healing session.
During this amazing experience, the Accunect healer explored and assessed my key energy systems (Chakras) where stress could potentially be disrupting my natural functions. The point of this “hands-free” healing method was to help me unlock my body's natural ability to heal.
Long story short.
The healer shared images on which I should meditate, and told me where she sensed energy blockages or other interesting sensations. Her assessment resonated with me, so we proceeded with the session.
For example, during our time together, she mentioned a profound image of my hands producing and “giving” in the near future. I found it comforting, settling and quite enl...
Exposed [US] embassy staff experienced a statistically significant excess in depression, irritability, difficulty concentrating, memory loss; ear, skin and vascular problems; and other health impacts. Symptom incidence increased significantly with accrued years of exposure.
Many of us can recall Nancy Regan’s concern about the harmful effects of drug use in America, exemplified by the message of her famous say-no-to-drugs campaign: “This is your brain on drugs.” A strong warning from the First Lady about a serious health epidemic.
Similarly, cellphone use around the world has grown to epic proportions. And today’s researchers are raising questions about their impacts on our health.
The world has rapidly changed over the past few decades with the advent of cellphones. Almost 7 billion devices are now used worldwide. As of 2014, 90 percent of American adults possessed cellphones, and 58 percent had Smart Phones. The wireless industry has repeatedly assured the public of the safety of microw...