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A HUG A DAY...

Posted: 05.4.2016
Hugs can make us feel cared about and connected, but they can also trigger a host of other health benefits. In a recent study, researchers looked at how getting hugs and perceived social support affected participants' susceptibility to a cold virus. Those who felt the most support were less likely to develop a cold. Experts say that the stress-buffering effects of hugging accounted for 32%of the protective effect. Hugging stimulates the release of the hormone oxytocin, which can lower heart rate, improve immune function, lower blood pressure and reduce levels of stress hormones. It also raises levels of serotonin, which can elevate mood.

 

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