We all know that a cuddle can give us a little lift, but did you know it could also be a great way to restore peace in your household?
Hugging it out after an argument with your partner or child really does make you feel better, a new has revealed.
Research from the States found that embracing your loved one after a fight means you’re less likely to have negative feelings in the hours or days after.
Carnegie Mellon University psychologists spent two weeks interviewing 400 adult men and women about their conflicts, the hugs received and their positive and negative moods.
They found that those who hugged on the day of a quarrel felt better than those who didn’t.
‘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,’ the study says.
Put simply, hugs were associated with a positive mood and a reduction in negative feelings.
Overall, it found that being affectionate with the people we love after a fight has a calming effect on us.
‘Our results are consistent with the conclusion that both men and women may benefit equally from being hugged on days when conflict occurs,’ the study read.
So, it’s official! Hugging it out really is the best way to end an argument.