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Hug someone today

by Joanne Brathwaite on in New Year, New You

Hug someone today

According to science, touch functions as a protective layer against stress by releasing a series of feel-good hormones and chemicals like oxytocin and endorphins – morphine-like chemicals produced by the body that help diminish pain while triggering positive feelings [1].

Get high off hugs

Well, not exactly. Endorphins are released from the pituitary gland during periods of strenuous exercise, emotional stress, pain, and orgasm. Endorphins help relieve pain and induce feelings of pleasure or euphoria [2] – similar to the emotions you feel when you get a really good hug from someone.

Oxytocin, sometimes known as the “love hormone” is also secreted by pituitary gland and released when people snuggle up or bond socially[3].

Hug for your heart

Speaking of love (because love means heart shaped things…) According to a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, physical contact can lower your heart rate. Hugging has also been shown to decrease cortisol, improve healing, reduce food cravings and boost your immunity.

Lasting effects

So getting up close and personal someone is a way to not only improve your mental health, but also physical as well; research has also confirmed that a good snuggle can elevate your mood for up to 24 hours. So what are you waiting for? Reach out and touch someone today!

Good luck! A new (and well-rested) you in the new year starts right here.

Source:
1,2. http://www.everydayhealth.com/endorphins/guide/
3. http://www.livescience.com/42198-what-is-oxytocin.html


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