Hugs can boost immunity
A study from Carnegie Mellon University showed that healthy adults who got hugs were less likely to come down with a cold. “The stress-buffering effects of hugging explained 32 percent of that beneficial effect,” according to the U.S. News & World Report. “Even among those who got a cold, those who felt greater social support and received more frequent hugs had less severe symptoms.” Avoid the cold and flu completely with these tips.
Hugs can lower stress
Getting a a good squeeze before going into a stressful situation—a presentation at work, a worrisome medical test, or a long journey—can help you calm down a bit, according to the same Carnegie Mellon research. The hug “could even help you stay calm, cool, and collected during the event,” the article states. Here’s another powerful way to protect yourself from the effects of stress.