Hugs may have more benefits than you realize
The benefits of hugs go beyond just spreading joy. Although not everyone enjoys or feels comfortable with the same level of physical touch, hugs are thought to positively impact both your mental and physical health. (This is what happens to your body when you get a hug.) Read on for reasons why you should get—and give—more hugs on the daily (under appropriate circumstances and with consent of course).
Hugs may boost immunity
If you feel under the weather, hugging may help. A study published in 2014 in the journal, Psychological Science, found that hugs may help reduce the severity of cold symptoms. Experts from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, intentionally exposed adults in this study to a common cold virus. Then, they examined “the roles of perceived social support and received hugs in buffering against interpersonal stress-induced susceptibility to infectious disease.” The results? Social support and frequent hugs seemed to predict “less-severe illness signs.” *(You may also want to check out these tips to avoid the cold and flu completely.)