Ever found yourself dangling at your wits’ end and heading straight for a major meltdown (and nearest pint of ice cream)? You finally reach for the phone, pour out your heart to your bestie and all of a sudden the world is looking brighter.

In a recent study, they found that “load sharing” with someone close to you during a stressful time can have the same comforting effects as a hug! And that we are better equipped to deal with emotional stress when we are or feel closer to the people we trust. But even a hug from someone you aren’t that close to can still boost your ability to cope.

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