Happy Send-a-Hug Day!

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Hugs are good for you!  Not only do they feel good, but they actually have scientifically proven health benefits!

 

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~Lowers the levels of stress hormones;

~Decrease heart rate and lowers blood pressure;

~Relieves pain;

~Reduces anxiety and depression, among other things.

 

 

 

 

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https://pixabay.com/en/human-personal-children-girl-blond-770690/

Hugs also:

~Increases levels of serotonin and dopamine, the feel-good hormones;

~Strengthens the immune system;

~Relaxes tense muscles;

~Elevates your mood;

~Balances the nervous system;

~Increases feelings of wellbeing and self-esteem, among other benefits.

 

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So make sure you hug your friends and loved ones today—and every day!

Your Friend and Pep Pal,

Lauren

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