There's also evidence that the physical pressure of a hug, even simulated by heavy, weighted blankets, can help ease anxiety in people with autism, as well as children who have trouble focusing in school. Also like contact with relatives or friends were able to raise the mood and on the day following conflict.
Receiving hugs may buffer against deleterious changes in mood associated with interpersonal conflict, according to a study published October 3rd in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Michael Murphy of Carnegie Mellon University, along with co-authors Denise Janicki-Deverts and Sheldon Cohen.
Touch may buffer against these consequences by promoting a number of positive interpersonal processes thought to communicate care and inclusion and be protective in the face of conflict, Dr Murphy explained. On days when both happened, people tended to report fewer negative feelings and more positive ones than on days when they experienced the conflict but got no hugs.
So the new study focused on hugs - a relatively common support behaviour that individuals engage in with a wide range of social partners.
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"Results indicated that there was an interaction between hug receipt and conflict exposure such that receiving a hug was associated with a smaller conflict-related decrease in positive affect and a smaller conflict-related increase in negative affect when assessed concurrently".
Murphy and Stratyner agreed that people can likely tell the difference between a heartfelt hug and a more perfunctory one.
"Hugs are transformational", he added, "and like music, they're universal". Large sample findings suggests that hugs may be a simple, free, and effective method of providing support to those experiencing interpersonal distress.
Hug it out! A new study suggests that just reaching out and touching someone - consensually, of course - can reduce bad feelings associated with the typical ups and downs of our social interactions. "However, our study suggests that consensual hugs might be useful for showing support to somebody enduring relationship conflict".