According to one study it leads to a lower risk of heart disease, stress reduction, less fatigue, strengthened immune system, easing depression. Hugging increases levels of the “love hormone” oxytocin, which is beneficial for stress levels and heart health. Oxytocin has also been found to reduce the cravings of drug and alcohol addiction, as well as for sweets. It even has a positive influence on inflammation and wound healing.
Hugging your pet is just as healthy as hugging another person. You can hug yourself too. Just wrap your arms around your upper arms and notice how relaxing and reassuring it feels, especially when you gently rub your hands up and down.
A 20-second hug reduces the harmful physical effects of stress, including its impact on your blood pressure and heart rate.
A 10-second hug a day may fight infections, boost your immune system, ease depression and lessen fatigue.