Hugging Teddies

The Sensory Benefits of Hugs.


Did you know?

Hugs are the simplest way to share and express affection with loved ones, it’s not just that, hugs actually give you much more, scientifically proven. [1]


Happiness and Less Stress

Hugging releases oxytocin (aka the cuddle or love hormone) which provides amazing health benefits. 

It’s associated with happiness and less stress.[1] Hugs have been known to decrease levels of cortisol, a hormone responsible for stress. [2]


Reduces Pain 

Hugs reduce pain. According to one study, light touch caused by hugging may reduce pain for those who have painful disorders such as fibromyalgia.[3]


Mutual Support

Mutual Support 

It’s believed by scientists that when you touch someone to comfort them, not only may you reduce their stress levels, but yours may be reduced as well.[1]



Strong Effect on Women

Scientists also found that it has a strong effect on women as it causes a reduction in blood pressure and of the stress hormone norepinephrine.[1]



In a study, it was found that hugging may reduce the chance of a person getting sick. People with a better support system may experience less severe symptoms of sickness than those with little to no support system. Hugs may boost your heart health by showing greater reductions in blood pressure levels and heart rates than sitting without touch with someone you care about; based on a study.[1]

Improves Immunity

Improves Immunity and Stimulates It

Hugging has been shown to increase levels of immunoglobulin A, an antibody that plays a crucial role in immune function. A study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine found that hugging can improve immune function and reduce the risk of illness.[4] Hugs have also been proven to stimulate the immune system due to increasing the production of white blood cells, which are crucial for fighting off infections. [2]


Enhances Sleep

Hugs promote relaxation and decrease activity in the sympathetic nervous system, leading to better sleep quality. [2]


Reduces Inflammation

Hugs can decrease inflammation in the body, which may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.[2]


Promotes Social Bonding and Enhances Cognitive Functions

Hugging releases oxytocin which helps build trust and strengthens social bonds. It can also enhance cognitive function and memory.[2]

In conclusion, hugs offer a wide range of sensory benefits that promote physical and emotional well-being.

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