1. HUGGING REDUCES THE RISK OF GETTING SICK.
The stress-reducing effects of hugging might also work to keep you healthier.
In a study of over 400 adults, researchers found that hugging may reduce the chance a person will get sick. The participants with a greater support system were less likely to get sick. Those with the greater support system who did get sick had less severe symptoms than those with little or no support system.
2. HUGGING REDUCES YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE.
Hugging can be good for your heart health. In one study, scientists split a group of about 200 adults into two groups:
One group had romantic partners hold hands for 10 minutes followed by a 20-second hug with each other.
The other group had romantic partners who sat in silence for 10 minutes and 20 seconds.
People in the first group showed greater reductions in blood pressure levels and heart rate than the second group.
According to these findings, an affectionate relationship may be good for your heart.
3. HUGGING CAN LIGHTEN UP YOUR MOOD, EVEN ON THE WORST DAYS.
Oxytocin is a chemical in our bodies that scientists sometimes call the “cuddle hormone.” This is because its levels rise when we hug, touch, or sit close to someone else. Oxytocin is associated with happiness and less stress.
Scientists have found that this hormone has a strong effect on women. Oxytocin causes a reduction in blood pressure and of the stress hormone norepinephrine.
One study found that the positive benefits of oxytocin were strongest in women who had better relationships and more frequent hugs with their romantic partner. Women also saw positive effects of oxytocin when they held their infants closely.
FOR MORE INFO ABOUT HOW HUGS AFFECT US: https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/the-asymmetric-brain/201811/can-i-have-hug-the-surprising-neuroscience-embracing