Heart Hug = Vagal Tone, Breathing, and Oxytocin

I just recently I had the pleasure to speak to people about using the “Heart Hug” to increase the beautiful hormone and neurotransmitter, Oxytocin. This healthy chemical that runs through us helps us with excellent health, healing and happiness. It is involved in our ease of connecting to other people and animals and to more easily understand each other.

There is a saying about empathy and compassion, “Before you criticize a man, walk a mile in his shoes.”        May I be so simple as to suggest this little piece where we look into each other’s eyes and give ourselves a few heart hugs, breathing in through our nose and out gently though our mouth, by possibly make it easier to route our compassion. It is possible by doing something so simple as an exercise in joyful simplicity that we can make our lives a little easier each and every day.

What a wonderful way to start each morning and ending every day. Frankly, I find myself giving brief heart hugs thought the day.

Try it, you might like it!

warmly, Elinor Silverstein


One Comment

  1. oh Elinor! At about the 20 minute mark I thought “I love Elinor” now was that the oxytocin talking?!? In any case, I thought I’d share! What a lovely lesson. Thank you.

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