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The scientific proof that hugging after an argument can make you feel better

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, USA carried out an experiment to investigate the effect that hugging after an argument can have on a person’s temperament. The team, led by Dr Michael Murphy from the department of psychology at the university, enlisted 404 participants for the study, which was published in scientific journal Plos One. Over the course of a fortnight, the participants were interviewed about any arguments that they’d had, whether or not they’d hugged the person that they’d quarrelled with afterwards and how embracing affected the way they felt.

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