Hugs from a romantic partner benefit women more than men

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Husband and wife embracing in front of new home

Husband and wife embracing in front of new home

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Who doesn't enjoy a good hug from their main squeeze? 

Well as it turns out, those embraces can actually be beneficial to women's health. But as for men, let's just say it helps some but not all. 

A study published in PLOS One, examined 76 people and how they responded to a hug from their significant other, and the effects all made an impact on one particular hormone — cortisol.

In short, cortisol is a stress hormone — and it's not your friend when it comes to getting a bunch of things done at one time and feeling the pressure of finishing all your tasks — yet when cortisol is decreased, a person can become less stressed. And that's exactly what happened to the women in this study.

Overall the study says it's not just a hug alone, but a simple touch of affection — so that little love tap you get, or give, is actually doing some good. 

Dominating that battle to take down cortisol is the hormone oxytocin, but it's better known for being a hormone that rises to the occasion when it comes to all of the facets of love. 

So the next time you're feeling stressed, ask for a hug, it just might be what you need to get through the day.