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  • Writer's pictureDr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Health Benefits of Hugging


Hugging has several physical and psychological health benefits, including:

  1. Reduces stress: Hugs have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety levels. Physical touch releases oxytocin, the "feel-good" hormone, which can help calm the body and reduce feelings of stress.

  2. Boosts immunity: Hugs also boost the immune system by increasing the production of white blood cells, which help fight off illness and disease.

  3. Relieves pain: Hugs can help relieve pain by triggering the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers.

  4. Improves mood: Physical touch has been shown to have a positive effect on mood, and hugs are no exception. They can help improve feelings of happiness, reduce feelings of sadness, and even lower levels of depression.

  5. Strengthens relationships: Hugs can strengthen social bonds and improve relationships. Physical touch can increase feelings of trust and affection between individuals, leading to stronger and more meaningful relationships.

  6. Promotes feelings of safety and security: Hugs can provide a sense of safety and security, especially during times of stress or anxiety. This can help people feel more grounded and calm.


In conclusion, hugging is a simple and effective way to boost physical and mental health, strengthen relationships, and promote overall well-being.


Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam, MD, FRCP (London), FACP (USA)

Internal Medicine Specialist


Kify Hospital

Danavaipeta

Rajahmundry

Phone : 85000 23456

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