Jul 19, 2012

Need a hug?

Do you ever simply need a hug? We all do now and then. And it’s good for us. Researchers at the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill conducted a study that shows that hugging is good for us. The study shows that hugs increase levels of oxytocin in the blood. This hormone is shown to protect us from heart disease.

In the study, couples were taken to separate rooms where their blood pressure and levels of oxytocin were tested. They were then instructed to sit together and talk about a time when they were especially happy and then hug for twenty seconds. When the researchers again tested the subjects, their levels of oxytocin after the hug had increased. The research demonstrates that a hug a day can go a long way to keeping hearts happy and healthy!

But don’t hug in Oak Park, Illinois. Percy Julian Middle School has banned hugging. They haven’t banned it because they don’t want junior high boys and girls too close. It has been banned because hugging causes a bottleneck in the school’s corridors. Maybe they’re thinking of Ecclesiastes 3:5, “There is a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing”. Hopefully these students will get ample hugs outside of school.

Hugs show we care. Hugs are times when we may violate our own personal space to give comfort to another human. Hugs are personal. And apparently they may reduce heart disease.

I think Jesus probably hugged people. The Bible really doesn’t say. But I think when Lazarus was raised from the dead, he ran to Jesus and embraced Him. And when I am raised from the dead on the last day, I plan to hug Him. I just won’t try to block the corridors in heaven.


Pastor David Hook

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