HUG it OUT
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.