What a Hug Can Do

A hug a day keeps the doctor away

From the LifeMinute.TV Team

January 19, 2021

The benefits of a hug are undeniable. Here 's exactly how holding someone you love can improve your health and mood.

Boost Immunity
Studies show that participants who received more hugs experienced less severe signs of illness as well as decrease susceptibility to the kind of stress that leads to infection.

Beat Stress
A hug can lower cortisol levels and counteract the physiological consequences around being stressed.

Fight Depression
Hugging for 20 seconds or more releases the feel-good hormone oxytocin and makes you feel safe.

Lower Blood Pressure
Higher oxytocin levels are also linked to lower blood pressure when performing a stressful task. High blood pressure is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease so increased hugging could help you actually live longer.

Be More Successful
A study found that sports teams that showed the most touch-bonding were among the highest ranking and best performing.

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