Why do hugs work?
Hugs feel soothing. They show us that we are loved and protected. Because of this they can apparently help ward off stress related illnesses.
Researchers from the Carnegie Mellon University did a study back in 2015 on the impact hugging can have on the common cold.
What they found was that those people who felt they had greater social support were less likely to come down with a stress related cold, and around 32% of this benefit was due to the stress-buffering effects of hugging.
Apparently a good old fashioned hug releases oxytocin which is often called "the bonding hormone" because it promotes attachment (especially between mothers and their children). This has a trickle down effect that includes slowing down the heart rate and a drop in stress hormones. There is also evidence that oxytocin can improve immune function and pain tolerance (among other things).
Being hugged when you're stressed can give you a shot of oxytocin which may in turn help take off some of the pressure.
Who needs prescription meds when you can borrow somebody's big strong arms instead?
Are you a hugger?
Could someone around you benefit from a hug?
Perhaps you could do with a hug right now?
Information source: US News