HUG it OUT

Amazing Wellness - - AMAZING NEWS -

A new study pub­lished in a re­cent is­sue of the jour­nal PLOS One finds that hugs shield us from the harm­ful ef­fects of a bad mood that comes from con­flicts with oth­ers. Re­searchers from Carnegie Mel­lon Univer­sity say peo­ple who con­sider them­selves hug­gers have bet­ter over­all health and stronger re­la­tion­ships. They an­a­lyzed data of 404 men and women be­tween the ages of 21 and 55. Par­tic­i­pants, who were all in good health, were in­ter­viewed ev­ery night for two weeks about their in­ter­ac­tions with oth­ers each day. The re­searchers found that peo­ple who re­ceived a hug on the same day they ex­pe­ri­enced a con­flict with an­other per­son showed a smaller de­crease in pos­i­tive emo­tions, and a smaller in­crease in neg­a­tive emo­tions, com­pared with those who were not hugged. In other words, be­ing hugged at some point in the day may have pre­vented them from feel­ing more upset. In fact, hugs were shown to help re­duce bad moods in par­tic­i­pants through the fol­low­ing day, as well.

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