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The Scientific Benefits of Hugging

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Many people in the world love hugs, while others abhor them. But science proves that actually there is a very real reason to try hugging: it may make you less likely to get sick, Time reports.

In a 2015 study, researchers from Carnegie Mellon University looked at the effects that hugs and other forms of affection can have on the immune system. Specifically, researchers wanted to know if the people who felt loved were less susceptible to the common cold—and they were: 32% of that immune boostcame from the stress-alleviating effects of hugging.

“Those who receive more hugs are somewhat more protected from infection,” the study concluded.


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