New evidence of the healing power of Hugs

Published: Oct. 3, 2018 at 2:39 PM EDT
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There are some tried and true ways of staying healthy, exercise, good handwashing and eating a lot of fruits and vegetables.

Now add "hugs" to the list..

New research from Carnegie Mellon University finds "hugs" can help ease the negative impact of personal setbacks like a disagreement with a friend, or being turned down for a promotion at work.

In the study of 400 adults, the source of the hug didn't matter, as long as someone in their lives reached out.

The benefits of human touch begin at birth.

Many studies have shown preemies who have skin-to-skin contact with mom tend to have fewer problems breathing, eating, sleeping, and regulating their body temperature.

There's evidence that the physical pressure of a hug can help ease anxiety in people with autism, as well as children who have trouble focusing in school.

In the Carnegie Mellon study both men and women benefitted equally from hugs.