This causes the huggers to bond. The release of this hormone is associated with contentment and relaxation. It even has the ability to heal feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anger.
Touch, especially from a parent, communicates to a child that they’re special and that they are loved. Memories of these physical interactions remain with children well into adulthood.
The action alone, even without the exchange of words, speaks volumes. It encourages empathy and understanding, plus it builds trust and a sense of safety which facilities open and honest communication.
It relaxes muscles and releases tension in the body. Hugs can actually take away pain and soothe aches.