Every night for two weeks, researchers asked more than 400 women and men about the day’s interpersonal conflicts, whether they’d received any hugs, and their mood. On days when people had a conflict, their mood was better if they received a hug than if they didn’t. And the mood-boosting effects seemed to linger the next day. This dovetails with other research suggesting that those who engage in more interpersonal touch have better relationships and better health. We’re mammals, after all, and touch is intrinsic to our survival. Of course, this doesn’t mean we should go around hugging everyone we see. But remember the power of an embrace shared with a family member or friend the next time you’re feeling glum or frustrated after a conflict.
Source: Receiving a hug is associated with the attenuation of negative mood that occurs on days with interpersonal conflict
“I have learned that there is more power in a good strong hug than in a thousand meaningful words.” Ann Hood