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A Phone Call May Be As Effective As a Hug

At least when it comes to your body’s physiological responses. If you’re a young girl.

So says a new study that studied young girls’ release of the stress hormone cortisol as well as their levels of the hormone oxytocin — thought to be important in social bonding — after a stressful public presentation. One group of girls talked to their mom on the telephone, another talked to them in person and received a hug, and a third group watched a neutral movie.

The two groups who received mom-contact — whether it was by telephone or in-person — both had much lower levels of the stress hormone than the group that had no mom contact. Both groups also had significantly more of the bonding hormone, oxytocin.

The upshot? A simple phone call to mom — if you’re a young girl ages 7 to 12 years old at least — might help reduce your stress levels and make you feel better.

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A Phone Call May Be As Effective As a Hug

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  1. Well this is definitely a “feel good” article just in time for Mothers Day (late), but I think much probably has to do with how well the mother and daughter get along away. If the relationship is strained as does all too often happens, I think perhaps there may be more stress. I know I couldn’t count on my mother for any sort of comfort or support…but luckily for me, my daughter does call and tells me straight out she calls cuz she knows I’ll be supportive of her. So I guess it really is 6 of one half a dozen of the other. Can’t wait to see what articles come up for father’s day and how they’re spun lol

  2. My daughter, who has bipolar/anxiety disorder is 9 and in the 4th grade. I finally convinced her school last month that a simple phone call to me on a day when her anxiety is high is enough to get her able to refocus and continue with her day at school. I love seeing this article!! It just reinforces what I’ve been trying to tell the school administrators. The call only lasts about 30 seconds but its just enough for me to tell her I love her and to have a good day!!

  3. I’m a 54-year-old woman who, for the last 25 years, have Dearly missed the Daily Hugs-and-I-Love-You phone calls between my Mom and me! A Good Friend of mine called earlier today, and even though she’s 800 miles away, and I haven’t seen her in 3 years, the Sound of her Voice & Laughter put me right at ease, as I WAS having a particularly difficult day. Her verbal Hug meant just as much to me as if she’d been here to give it to me in person!




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