5 Ways A Simple Hug Can Heal

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Think that a hug is just a nice way to greet someone you haven’t seen in a long time? Think again. There’s a reason why hugs feel so good, there’s healing power in them. Seriously!

Studies show that a 20-second hug, along with 10 minutes of hand-holding, also reduces the harmful physical effects of stress, including its impact on your blood pressure and heart rate. This makes sense, since hugging is known to lower levels of stress hormones like cortisol.