Here’s Why a Hug a Day Keeps the Doctor Away


According to research from Carnegie Mellon University, a hug-a-day can keep the doctor away.

Research led by Robert E. Doherty University Professor Sheldon Cohen, found that frequent hugs had a positive influence on the wellbeing of the test subjects.

“We know that people experiencing ongoing conflicts with others are less able to fight off cold viruses. We also know that people who report having social support are partly protected from the effects of stress on psychological states, such as depression and anxiety,” said Cohen

The research involved 404 healthy adults.

“The apparent protective effect of hugs may be attributable to the physical contact itself or to hugging being a behavioural indicator of support and intimacy.”

Cohen added,”Either way,

those who receive more hugs are somewhat more protected

from infection.”

The research team also included Carnegie Mellon’s Denise Janicki-Deverts, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center’s Ronald B. Turner and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s William J. Doyle.

So I’m going home for a hug, and I hope there’s a hug for you in your day.

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