Question: Why does being hugged feel good?

Some of the neurochemicals include the hormone oxytocin, which plays an important role in social bonding, slows down heart rate and reduces stress and anxiety levels. The release of endorphins in the brains reward pathways supports the immediate feelings of pleasure and wellbeing derived from a hug or caress.

Why do hugs relieve stress?

They Relieve Stress and Pain A warm hug often creates a calming or relaxing feeling. Thats because oxytocin, sometimes called the “cuddle hormone” is released when people or pets snuggle up to us. The oxytocin release has been found to potentially: Reduce inflammation.

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