Hugs Have a Therapeutic Effect on People

Hello everyone! Thank you for joining me today. I hope this finds you at the beginning of a great week.

It’s Monday, April 16, 2018–It seems like every other week we learn something new about what is or isn’t good for us. But I have to admit, this hugging thing is something I can get behind. In psychology we are taught that emotional deprivation can lead to a variety of issues in children. So, common sense tells me that adults, too, would experience some negative symptoms due to lack of affection.

According to Joseph Rock, PsyD, at the Cleveland Clinic, Willoughby Hills Center, common sense is right. He says hugging can strengthen your immune system, lower your blood pressure and slow your heart rate in stressful situations, and decrease the release of the stress hormone, cortisol.

“The health benefits of giving and receiving hugs are quite impressive. They have a therapeutic effect on people” Rock said.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon found that people who experience high levels of social support and frequent hugs may be at a decreased risk for getting sick when under stress. You can learn more about this by watching the following video.

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