Hug for Health

Facts of Life

A new study shows that brief episodes of warm contact between married couples — such as hugging or talking quietly — can have benefits beyond emotional well-being. Such contact causes the human body to release oxytocin, a calming hormone. This can improve heart health, especially in women, according to Karen Grewen of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Source: USA Today, March 7

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The Earth is Not Our Mother

“The main point of Christianity was this: that Nature is not our mother: Nature is our sister. We can be proud of her beauty, since we have the same father; but she has no authority over us; we have to admire, but not to imitate.”—G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy