Humans all need to feel connected with someone or something.
A great example of this need is when a baby is born. The baby will not survive without love and connection from the mother.
From a chemical perspective, the mother releases a hormone called Oxytocin that satisfies this need for love/connection.
There are several ways to get love and connection – one great way is hugs.
A hug releases oxytocin that creates that feeling of love and connection. I have heard a 20 second hug is optimal!
It’s important to understand that love and connection does not have to only come from another human.
It can come from pets, good habit, a sense of identity, or a personal value.
We all need love and connection.
The final 2 needs are coming up: Growth and Contribution – these needs are where we get true fulfillment in life
If we live our lives primarily feeding the first 4 needs, we will survive.
If we have growth and contribution at the top of our need structure, life will be amazing and we will thrive.
Over the next two weeks, we’ll talk about how to incorporate these top tier needs into your life, so you can be happier and more fulfilled.