Hugging makes your body produce oxytocin, a 'feel-good' hormone. Research in the USA found that one 20-second hug a day makes children and parents feel happier and less stressed.
It has also been proven that kids who are hugged often are very expressive and warm, while those who aren't hugged very much or aren't shown affection by their family usually grow up putting a distance between themselves and other people.
Hugging shows a child you love them. It's a gesture of affirmation, appreciation, and acknowledgement.
You'll be surprised at what a hug can do:-
1. Opening up the doors of communication.
2. Affirms love and acceptance.
3. Builds self-esteem.
4. Bridges generation gaps.
5. Heads off potential conflicts.
6. Makes people less defensive.
7. Shows kindness and compassion.
8. Demonstrates respect and value.
9. Sets an example of patience and tolerance.
10. Rejuvenates your day.
11. Makes being a parent all worthwhile.
So hug your child today and everyday!