How Does Hugging Improve Health?

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Curejoy Expert Claude Butler Explains:

Like sex and kissing, hugging also comes with a series of health benefits. Although, hugging has to most with the emotion, it can be called as a means to express your emotion with certain health benefits.

According to the researchers, the hormone called oxytocin is released into the blood stream when you hold a friend close. Oxytocin, which is produced by the pituitary gland, is primarily known for increasing bonding, social behaviour and closeness between parents, children and couples. Thus, the release of oxytocin helps lower your blood pressure, reduces stress and anxiety and can even improve your memory.

Further, in women, more oxytocin is produced during the childbirth process and during breastfeeding in order to increase the mother’s bond with the baby. Apart from this, there are several health benefits of hugging, which are as follows:

Hugging Lowers Blood Pressure

When you touch someone, the immediate sensation on your skin activates pressure receptors called Pacinian corpuscles. This sends a signal to the vagus nerve, an area of the brain that is responsible for (among many things) lowering blood pressure. Thus, very much like kissing, even hugging helps lower your blood pressure.

Hugging Can Take Away Your Fears

One of the impressive studies conducted recently suggests that hugs and touch significantly reduce worry of mortality. Moreover, the study also found that hugging non-living object like soft toys can also calm down your immediate fears.

Hugging Can Be Good For Your Heart

Hugging can also maintain your heart at good stance. Reportedly, in an experiment conducted at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, participants who didn’t have any contact with their partners developed a quickened heart rate of 10 beats per minute compared to the 5 beats per minute among those who got to hug their partners during the experiment.

Hugging Is A Natural Stress Reliever

Not that they work like a pill but surely hugging can reduce your stress to a substantial degree. This is because, while hugging, our body immediately reduces the amount of the stress hormone cortisol produced in our bodies.


Apart from these major benefits, hugging has a lot more to offer to your health. Hugging can also heighten your personality, doesn’t make you feel lonely, improves immune system, relaxes muscles, and much more. Further it also keeps you away from depression, anxiety and stress.