Warm embraces are a way to be kind to yourself. Researchers have found that frequent hugs from a partner produce better heart rates and higher oxytocin levels—both of which are linked to lower stress and greater happiness.
Or something more fluffy?
Curling up with a pet has been shown to reduce blood pressure by up to 10 percent in as little as 15 minutes. Puppy love also prompts the release of serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin, hormones that trigger relaxation.