If you know me you know one of my favorite hobbies is hugging (and rumor has it I'm pretty good at it)! Not only do I love hugs because it is a beautiful embrace providing comfort and connection but I believe it to be medicine. And now my belief has been back by science! When we hug oxytocin is released which increases serotonin and dopamine for a calming effect along with cortisol and norepinephrine which reduce stress.  And these effects last beyond physical contact. Never underestimate the power of a hug.