I regularly go for a long walks in the park. During these walks I hug a few trees too. It makes me connected, grounded, grateful and refreshed.
There are a lot of misconceptions on this but here are some of the scientific facts of tree hugging to put everything in perfective. Next time when you go for a walk why not give one of them a hug?
‘Although constantly ridiculed and maligned to this very day, tree hugging is a scientifically valid practice. Often ridden off as the practice of hippies and crackpots, tree hugging is actually a proven way of soothing the body.
Firstly, we know that at its core, every atom vibrates. And every object possessing these atoms vibrates at different frequencies. As explored by Matthew Silverstone in his book Blinded by Science, trees have unique vibrational patterns which cause positive changes in our biological behaviours when touched.
It’s been proven for instance, that drinking a glass of water treated with 10Hz vibration immediately changes blood coagulation rates. So next time you’re near a tree, expect to literally receive good vibrations.
The act of hugging itself is also beneficial. Hugging increases levels of the hormone oxytocin. This hormone is responsible for the feelings of calmness and emotional bonding. Giving a hug also releases the hormones serotonin and dopamine, that are responsible for making you happier. Hugging a tree is a breath of fresh air. Literally.
The freshest air you can breathe is under a tree. This is because a trees leaves serve as filters of the the air, removing dust and providing you with cleaner air. The health benefits of breathing cleaner air are: enhanced digestion, lower blood pressure, and a happier mood. Trees are more connected to the earth than any of us, yet we rip them up, chop them down and generally annihilate them. Why not give one of them a hug?’