Research confirms that hugging works wonders for our health, but apparently, even more so for women. Yes, indeed!
It’s true that a warm and long embrace benefits everyone, but the health benefits are just greater for us, ladies. Why is that?
Well, after studying the effect hugging can have on people’s health, a team of researchers at the University of North Carolina have found that hugging increases the levels of oxytocin, a hormone released during childbirth and breastfeeding. This hormone is also known as the “bonding” or the “cuddle” hormone.
So, yes, we basically get the same awesome benefits when we cuddle with our partner, a friend or why not, our pet.
Both men and women experienced higher levels of this hormone when hugged. However, the study revealed that the release of oxytocin has a greater effect on women’s hearts.
It was a well-known fact that hugging can reduce blood pressure and cut the risk of heart disease. But do not worry! Men can also improve their health and well-being with a hug a day.
Here’s other reasons why hugs are so awesome:
Did you know that hugging releases emotionally positive brain chemicals?
Yes, you’re actually spreading happiness when you hug someone.
During hugging your body releases dopamine and serotonin or the “feel-good” hormone.
So boost your serotonin levels with a hug today!
Hugs can also lower your heart rate and alleviate your fears and anxiety.
Hugging can make you worry less about issues that you deal with on a daily basis, or even existential problems.
Studies also indicate that adults are the ones who benefit the most from hugging.
Hugging a loved one also makes it easier to connect to that person on a deeper level.
And if you’ve been feeling lonely lately, know that a hug can also decrease feelings of loneliness.
So go ahead and squeeze someone you love today!
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