#shrinkthinks - A Round Of Hugs Please

Everybody needs a hug. It changes your metabolism. ~Leo Buscaglia

Yes, hugging does wonders for the mind, body and spirit! Oxytocin gets released, which results in that yummy sense of well being and connection. If you're curious about why you feel the way you do after an extended hug-session or smooch, or have ever noticed that connection to another really does heal the blues, then enjoy this from the good folks at Psych Central. It explains how oxytocin can help heal depression.  Learn how oxytocin may be the "moral molecule" written by Paul J. Zak, a neuroeconomist found on that other amazing site Psychology Today. If you enjoy Ted as much as I do, you can find Zak's talk there.

Practice acceptance, try compassion and change what you can. Take care, KS

NYC Therapist Kimberly Seelbrede, LCSW is a skilled Psychotherapist, Relationship and Stress Reduction Expert in New York City. She provides therapy, EMDR & Coaching to individuals and couples. Her expertise includes: anxiety, panic disorder, social anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, addictions, self-esteem, loss, transitions, crisis therapy, stress management and goal attainment. Kim Seelbrede's post-graduate training includes psychoanalytic psychotherapy, CBT, DBT Skills, EMDR, life coaching, mind-body integrative therapy with the Urban Zen Foundation and couples training with The Gottman Institute. Her private practice is located in New York City or thera-coaching and remotes sessions online via Skype.