When's the last time you shared a really good hug? I bet you remember how it made you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, but that's not just your imagination. It turns out, hugs are actually great for your health!
When we hug, we release oxytocin, our body's natural antidepressant. It's also linked to "feelings of devotion, trust, and bonding," says psychologist Matt Hertenstein. In other words, you don't just hug people you're close to, you actually get closer to the people you hug!
Hugging also lowers your cortisol levels (the stress hormone) and blood pressure. Instant stress relief? Count me in.
Oh, and it gets better! A study at Carnegie Mellon University exposed 400 healthy adults to the common cold virus and monitored them in quarantine. This sounds crazy, but the participants who said in a questionnaire that they were frequently hugged had fewer symptoms!
Okay, so, hugging is totally free, there are no negative side effects, and it has all these awesome benefits? Sounds like a miracle drug to me!
So get out there and squeeze someone you love today. After all, it's good for you, and it just might make their day.
"They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything." - Bill Keane.•
Source: Morning smile by inspiremore.com