By Khushi Pal
Published Feb 12, 2024

Hindustan Times

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Hug Day 2024: 5 surprising benefits of hugging your partner

February 12 is observed as Hug Day as a part of Valentine's Week. Here are 5 surprising benefits of hugging your partner.

Helps reduce stress

Hugging helps combat stress by decreasing cortisol and blood pressure levels in the body. 

Boosts immunity 

Hugging helps increase the level of natural killer cells, such as lymphocytes, which boost immunity. 

Helps increase endorphins 

Hugging helps release feel-good hormones such as oxytocin and endorphins, which elevate mood.

Boosts heart health

Hugging can help boost heart health by reducing blood pressure, thus preventing the risk of heart-related diseases. 

Helps strengthen communication

The act of hugging helps communicate the feelings of safety, comfort, love and support to each other.