Did you know that a hug can do wonders in your overall wellbeing?
Students enrolled in Melbourne Graduate School of Education’s Wellbeing, Motivation and Performance class try to learn how to improve the living conditions in today’s modern community and lead happy lives. As part of their requirements, the students conducted a social experiment to gain more insight.
The experiment involved free hugs on campus.
The students spent a day on campus and hugged students. They explained the benefits of hugging and how it can affect one’s mood and wellbeing.
A six-second hug can actually give 60 minutes of happiness, according to the team. A hug can also lower blood pressure, reduced stress, and increased feelings of trust in others.
The free hugs campaign surprised students in the campus. It was awkward at first but everyone realized the good effect. It gradually becomes a normal thing as the day progressed.
According to the Melbourne Graduate School, the subject class aimed to “explores the science of the factors that enable individuals to operate at the peak of their potential; including how to participate in more engaging activities, how to live healthier, be more resilient, have more satisfying relationships and lead more productive and fulfilling lives.”
In this age of social networking, personal and physical friendships matter and provide more meaningful relationships
Who do you want to hug today? The benefits are reciprocal. Go ahead, hug!
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