Hug and be healthy

When you hug someone or receive a hug, your health improves.

When you’re feeling gloomy and someone comes up to you to give you a hug, it could really lift your spirits. But there is scientific proof that endorses the health benefits of hugging.

Hugging triggers the release of the hormone oxytocin, which does the following:

  • lowers stress and anxiety levels
  • reduces your blood pressure
  • boosts your immune system
  • improves your tolerance for pain
  • actually makes wounds heal faster 
So, did you hug someone today, or receive a hug? Nothing equals the warm-cozy-happy feeling of holding someone tight against you and savoring the goodness, right? Ever held a baby close to you and heard it gurgle in delight? Yes! Age and gender, no bar!

And if you don’t have anyone to hug you right away, there’s this:

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  • Reply
    Angela Artemis/Powered by Intuition
    March 19, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    I accept your hug! I actually could really use a good sincere hug today – along with the boost to my immune system. Thank you.

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    Vidya Sury
    March 20, 2011 at 2:49 am

    Angela, you just got yourself a virtual bear hug! Feel free to hold out those arms – and be assured of a hug, any time! Thank you for visiting. 🙂

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