2. Hugging Raises Feel-good Chemicals in Our Bodies
A number of chemicals are involved in our sense of well-being, and hugging helps elevate those chemicals in our bodies. Chemicals such as serotonin, endorphins, dopamine and oxytocin help us feel pleasure, motivation and contentment. Serotonin is thought to be important in mood balance. Endorphins interact with the opiate receptors in our brains to reduce pain and increase the sense of euphoria. Dopamine controls the brains pleasure centers, and oxytocin plays a role in bonding behaviors and in known as the love hormone. Even hugging pets increases these chemicals. .