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article imageWant a hug? A hug can improve your mental health

By Andrew Moran     Dec 12, 2009 in Health
Everyone needs a hug but who knew that it would affect us very much. A new research study shows that hugs can improve your mental health, maybe even more than church.
Whenever humans are down, sad or just experienced a bad day, most of the time people want a giant hug from a loved one to lift their spirits and now a recently released study shows that a hug can do exactly that and even more.
After analyzing a lot of data and information from conducted studies in 2007, the Association of Canadian Studies, which is headquartered in Montreal, found that people who were given hugs on a regularly basis were twice as likely to report excellent or good health, according to the Times of India
The research further showed, reports 680 News, that people were 60 per cent more likely to be happy overall. Researchers feel that the loving spirit of your community and consistent hugs can lift your spirits up significantly.
Executive Director of the Montreal-based Association of Canadians Studies, Jack Jedwab, said, reports the Globe and Mail, “For people who either benefit from affection or lack it, there are substantial differences. I recommend getting a hug.”
Jedwab concluded by recommending that clergy should end all their services by offering hugs to their congregation.
In Toronto, there are dozens of people every six months or so that offer free hugs to anyone walking in the streets of downtown Toronto. Supporters of Ron Paul’s 2008 Presidential campaign offered a hug and information on the Republican Congressman.
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