I personally think hugs are great! I like to give and receive a good hug, and it seriously makes me feel better if I am bummed about something. Hugging a loved one isn’t just a great way to bond – it has several physical benefits as well. Scientists found that the hormone oxytocin was released into the blood stream when you hold a friend close. This lowers blood pressure, reduces stress and anxiety and can even improve your memory!
However, you have to be selective over who you hug. Giving a polite embrace to someone you don’t know well can have the opposite effect and increase your stress. Sometimes it does feel a little creepy if someone you don’t really know tried to give you a ‘close hug’ that lasts a little too long. You know that feeling….it’s just plain icky!
How do you react when you receive a hug from someone that you don’t know well, or, at all?
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