I hope by now you know that stress is bad for your immune system. Science has shown that increased, prolonged chronic stress wreaks havoc on hormones and our immune system, making us more susceptible to colds and illness.
Did you know that the inverse is also true? A study showed that keeping a gratitude journal was shown to improve cardiovascular health.
And you know what else helps improve your health? Hugs! A 20 second hug releases dopamine and oxytocin which decrease stress and flood your body with "feel good" hormones. But even more so, a recent study has shown that people who hugged more got sick less.
Click below to hear more about the immunology of joy and gratitude and "molecules of emotion" on Dr. Hyman's Farmacy Podcast.