The stress-reducing effects of hugging might also work to keep you healthier! With the last year and stress of all things covid, we wanted to encourage you to slow down and hug your loved one tight!
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. And those with the greater support system who did get sick had less severe symptoms than those with little or no support system. A lingering embrace releases the bonding hormone oxytocin, which can lower your blood pressure, slow your heart rate, and improve your mood.