5 Lovable Ways Hugs Are Great For Your Health

Love hugs? I do too. Well there may be more to them than just helping us to feel good. They can actually benefit our physical and mental health a great deal. Check out these natural health benefits you can get from human contact.


1. Empathy

Hugs can make you more empathetic and compassionate.  If you’re older, you can benefit the most. As we age we become very fragile and need contact with others even more. Hugging can also help to decrease feelings of loneliness that often come with getting older. So hug your family, friends, children, grandchildren, or consider getting regular massages for that contact.

2. Nuturing

Hugs can help us to naturally de-stress and this starts as soon as we are born. Research shows that babies who are hugged often are less stressed out as adults. Can you believe it? So hug your babies often and let their sweetness rub off on you.

3. Fear Relief

Did you know that hugs can help to reduce your fear of death? Crazy, right? And get this – even inanimate objects, such as stuffed animals can be hugged and will reap health benefits. Children who are carrying around stuffed animals may be onto something.

4. Heart Health

Hugs can help improve the condition of our hearts. It can help us to de-stress and lower our blood pressure. A study was done at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in which it was found that heart rates improved the more people were allowed to hug during the study.

5. Stress Relief

Hugs can be a natural stress relief; no pill popping necessary. So try to hug your family before work and when you get home. If you live alone, make sure that when you go out or invite friends over you’re getting and giving plenty of hugs. A good embrace can help us to have a better outlook on life as well.

Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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