How many hugs have you shared today? Did you know that hugs can boost oxytocin levels which can diffuse our feelings of loneliness, isolation and anger.

Hugs can lift our serotonin levels, creating an elevated mood.

Hugs can strengthen our immune system, by stimulating the thymus gland – that’s the one that regulates and balances our body’s production of white blood cells. We need white blood cells to help keep us healthy.

Hugs help our muscles to relax, releasing tension in our body. They can take away pain and soothe aches by increasing blood flow around our body.

Hugs help us balance our nervous system by helping balance our parasympathetic nervous system.

To get these benefits, the optimum time for a hug is 20 seconds.

Just 20 seconds!

So do yourself, and someone you care about, a big favour – share a hug today!

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