Hug are healing

Hugs are healing 

Hugs are Healing  



Skin-to-skin contact and other forms of tactile stimulation improve stress coping in animals and humans. In healthy adults, receiving massages has been associated with lower blood pressure, heart rate, cortisol levels, and decreased anxieties.


Hugs can reduce stress. If you can get 8 hugs a day from your loved ones, you can stay in a good mood, and potentially live 4 more years.

Study shows receiving frequent hugs relates to lower blood pressure and heart rate, as well as faster recovery from viral and bacterial infections. Hugs can literally heal you!


A warm hug often creates a calming or relaxing feeling because of oxytocin, sometimes called the “love hormone”. Oxytocin is released when snuggling up with loved ones. Oxytocin release has been found to potentially reduce inflammation. Oxytocin is involved in any form of bonding processes, for example, if you talk to someone daily in a distance, see their pictures or videos, live chats, etc., all these forms of distant bonding can generate oxytocin. The release of oxytocin, which slows heart rate, blood pressure and reduces stress and anxiety levels.


A 20-second hug reduces the harmful effects of stress, relieves blood pressure, and contributes to a healthy heart. Increasing the hug ratio results in reduced blood pressure, decreased cortisol, improved healing, reduced food cravings, and better immunity.


Hugs can help you maintain a healthy body weight more easily because you would eat less naturally. Lots of people do binge eating when they suffer from heart breaks because food, especially sugar, and sleep pacify emotional pain as well as physical pain. It's common knowledge that sugar can relieve hunger, as well as the feeling of loneliness. And people who are lack of sleep tend to eat more and more sugar.

A study in 2018 showed that hugs after a conflict or negative event help people feel better. And good physical contact is known to soothe the nervous system. However, don’t force hugs just as you can’t force someone to love you, and also don’t force yourself to hug people because you think hugs can be good for your health. You can hug human sized teddy bears, etc.  One study showed that hugging a human-shaped cushion can reduce cortisol levels, the effect is similar to human hugs.