Hugs can help fight flu and colds, say researchers

December 21, 2014 7:23 AM

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A hug, besides making you feel loved, warm and fuzzy, can have therapeutic benefits as well. It can help boost your immunity and fight off stress, say researchers at the Carnegie Mellon University. Some more social support from the people around and some hugs, they suggest, can help those prone to infections related to stress get over their problems.

“We know that people experiencing ongoing conflicts with others are less able to fight off cold viruses. We also know that people who report having social support are partly protected from the effects of stress on psychological states, such as depression and anxiety,” said Sheldon Cohen, the Robert ...

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