Touching Makes You Healthier

Touch could be the ultimate mind-body medicine.  It can lower blood pressure and heart rate, increase immune function, and relieve pain.

CNN offers some ways you can gain these benefits

Get a rubdown

Getting massaged unclenches your muscles and drops heightened blood pressure. Your levels of the stress hormone cortisol will drop, which helps boost your immune system

Hug

Embracing floods your body with oxytocin, a hormone that makes people feel secure and reduces stress

Hold hands

Holding hands with a partner is enormously calming.  When you're in a happy relationship, holding hands even reduces activity in the part of your brain that registers pain

Have sex

Sex causes your body to release oxytocin and feel-good endorphins that help your emotional well-being.  Regular sex may also keep you from getting sick as often

Cuddle up with your pet

Petting a furry pet has been shown to drop blood pressure, improve immune function and ease pain.

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