Happy hug day 2020: Devote 20 seconds for the best form of affection
First Published 12, Feb 2020, 2:55 PM
Did you know that there are too many benefits of hugging? Yes, you heard it right! From lowering stress levels to boosting heart's health, here's why you shouldn't miss hugging
Lowers stress levels: Both men and women can equally benefit from hugs, especially on days when fights occur. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that a hug can help lower stress after a conflict and have a positive effect on mood.
Boosts heart health: Partners holding hands for 10 minutes followed by a 20-second hug display greater reductions in blood pressure levels and heart rate than romantic partners who sit in silence for 10 minutes and 20 seconds.
Lowers blood pressure: Sitting, hugging or touching someone will release oxytocin, which scientists call the ‘cuddle hormone’. This hormone can help relax and lower anxiety, which, in turn, can effectively lower blood pressure. It is also reported that women who had daily hugs with their partners experienced several benefits of oxytocin.
May help ease the pain: Hugging may even help relieve pain and aches. A study also found that people with fibromyalgia syndrome reported an increase in quality of life and reduced pain when they received six therapeutic touch treatments.
Reduces fears: Yes, hugs can help reduce anxiety and fears. Even touching an inanimate object - such as a teddy bear - can soothe fears in individuals with low-self esteem, helping them deal with existential concerns by connecting with others.