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