Go ahead and hug it out!
It’s not only just a nice way to show you care about someone, hugging is actually good for your health.
And it doesn’t seem to matter if the hug is from a romantic partner, a family member, or a platonic relationship.
So how do hugs actually help?
Hugging releases oxytocin
Often referred to as the “cuddle hormone” oxytocin is a feel-good hormone that has been shown to release stress, relax the muscles of the body, and lower blood pressure, especially in women.
Hugs can help your immune system
Hugging gives you a sense of social support. A study of over 400 adults found that participants with a greater support system were less likely to get sick.
Hugs are good for your heart
Another study looked at the effects of close contact in romantic partners. When couples held hands for 10 seconds followed by a 20-second hug, both their blood pressure and heart rates were reduced.
Hugging boosts self-esteem
Hugging has been shown to reduce anxiety, reduce people’s fear of isolation and mortality, and increase a sense of safety and connectedness.
Go ahead and find yourself somebody to hug!