CMU study: Hugs really do make you feel better

VIDEO: Hugging does your body good

Having a rough day?

Ask a friend for a hug.

According to a study from the Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, being hugged can help someone who is in a bad mood.

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The researchers say the boost in mood was seen regardless of gender or age.

And according to the study, hugs from platonic friends are just as good as ones between people in a relationship.

The findings are based on more than 400 people during a two-week period.

"It'd be good for our culture if we could hug it out a little more," said Scott Bea, PsyD at the Cleveland Clinic.


The benefits of human touch begin at birth.

Many studies have shown preemies who have skin-to-skin contact with mom tend to have fewer problems breathing, eating, sleeping and regulating their body temperature.

There's evidence that the physical pressure of a hug -- simulated by heavy, weighted blankets -- can also help ease anxiety in people with autism and children who have trouble focusing in school.

"It helps kids that have sensory processing issues, kids that just have a hard time sitting in their seats," said Christina Junge, a special education teacher.

In the Carnegie Mellon study, both men and women benefited equally from hugs.