However, you have to be selective over who you hug. Giving a polite embrace to someone you don’t know well can have the opposite effect, according to the research, the Daily Mail reported.
Oxytocin, a hormone produced by the pituitary gland, is primarily known for increasing bonding, social behaviour and closeness between parents, children and couples.
Increased oxytocin levels have been found, for example, in partners in functional relationships. In women, it is also produced during the childbirth process and during breastfeeding.