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5 facts about hugging to warm up your day

The Welsh call it cwtching, Americans celebrate it with a national day. And it might just stop you getting that dreaded winter flu bug. It's a good old fashioned hug, and there's more to it than meets the eye. 


1. HUGGING'S GOOD FOR YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM!

You might think that all that face to face contact is a recipe for infection. But on the contrary, it's been found that regular huggers are more likely to avoid minor ailments like the common cold. A 2015 study from Carnegie Mellon University found that getting hugs from your partner can boost your immune system by as much as a third. That's got to be better than a Lemsip!


2. HUGGING IS BIG BUSINESS!

Such is the power of the hug that it's given rise to an entirely new industry of so-called Professional Huggers, who work with people who may have an aversion to hugs, or simply aren't getting enough huggage in their lives. One such cuddler, from Portland in the US, considers her work done only when she's worked a client through her portfolio of 78 cuddle poses!


3. HUGGING MAKES YOUR HEART HAPPY!

Among the many health benefits of hugging is that which keeps your ticker ticking. Research from the University of North Carolina finds that a good hug lowers cortisol levels, which helps to ease blood flow, lower stress and bring down heart rates. 


4. PRESIDENTS NEED HUGS TOO!

The world's most huggable human award has to go to Special Olympian Tim Harris, originally of Albuquerque. When his restaurant Tim's Place developed a reputation for being the friendliest on the planet, he decided to put it to better use, and started running hug-a-thons to raise money for charity. The restauranteur, believed to be the only person in the world with the condition Down Syndrome to run their own restaurant, has given out over 60,000 hugs and counting, including one to former US President Barrack Obama. After five years in the business he eventually closed up and moved to Denver to be with his girlfriend. Aw! Amazing fact: Tim was born on what would later become National Hugging Day in the United States!


5. WE'RE NOT DOING ENOUGH HUGGING!

The average hug lasts just three seconds and over the course of a month, that means the average person gets in around one hour's worth of hugging. Making a hug last longer–anything from 10 seconds or more is optimal—drastically increases all of the many stress-relieving, health-boosting benefits. So what are you waiting for? Go give someone a hug! 


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Author: Rebecca

Rebecca lives in London with her husband, daughter and dachshund. She hopes her dating blogs for Flame Introductions will inspire you to seek out the best London and UK locations for brilliant dates, and discover some tips along the way to help you find your perfect partner.

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