Happy Hug Day: How hugging can make you happy and healthy

In addition to an apple a day, if you hug someone on a daily basis, you can slow the process of ageing and stay young.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 3, 2016 7:24 pm
hugging-main A hug does have curative powers and health studies across the world confirm it. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Remember Dr Munnabhai MBBS’ Jadu Ki Jhappi? Hug in this Sanjay Dutt starrer was no less than a ‘character’. It broke barriers, made people smile and even cured them. What a doctor couldn’t do, a ‘jhappi’ did. Cut to the real world, a hug does have curative powers and health studies across the world confirm it.

Slows down ageing
When you hug a person, the receiver is instantly filled with a warm feeling that researchers from the University of California, Berkeley believe can have reparative, anti-aging benefits.

When we hug, we release oxytocin, also known as love hormone or trust hormone. Levels of the hormone drop when we age and our bodies start deteriorating. So in addition to an apple a day, if you hug someone on a daily basis, you can slow the process of ageing and stay young!

Makes you young and attractive
Oxytocin also makes you appear younger as it provides anti-inflammatory benefits, which fight ageing.

hug1 Oxytocin also makes you appear younger as it provides anti-inflammatory benefits, which fight ageing. (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Reduces blood pressure

Oxytocin’s positive effects include reducing blood pressure, decreasing the stress-related hormone cortisol and increasing pain tolerance.

Lifts your mood, makes you happy
Holding a hug for an extended time increases one’s Serotonin levels, a hormone known to maintain mood balance. A hug can instantly elevate your mood and make you happy.

hug2 Holding a hug for an extended time increases one’s Serotonin levels (Source: Thinkstock Images)

Improves self esteem

Hugging also boosts our self esteem. It makes us feel special and loved. In our growing up stages, the hugs received by our parents go a long way and help us love ourselves better. And when you can love yourself, you will love others as well.

Releases stress
When you hug, your body relaxes. The accumulated stress is released and help you gear up for the day ahead.

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Now that you know the miracles of Jadu Ki Jhappi, go ahead and let the magic unfold.

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    RagHu sAsI
    Feb 13, 2015 at 9:58 am
    let the magic unfold bt hw u need to hav sm1 on the other side fr it na!!!
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