At the end of a long hard day, a hug can do us all a lot of good. Now Elite Daily reports that cuddling is scientifically proven to reduce depression, among other maladies.

In fact, Elite Daily reports, “There’s no argument against the fact that cuddling is good for you. Studies show that a good snuggle can relieve pain, lower your blood pressure, boost your immune system, and reduce the risk of heart disease.”

It could indeed also be a big help against depression because “it turns out that the chemicals released in the brain while cuddling could actually help those who suffer from depression to seek out help and support.” How cuddling can improve your mental health is when you get close to somebody, your brain lets out oxytocin, a chemical in your brain that is also called the “love hormone” or the “feel good hormone.”

And when you cuddle, your stress hormone levels go down. Cuddling also releases dopamine from your brains as well. “Essentially there’s actual science to back up the idea that physical contact with another person (or a pet) makes you feel good.” So while it’s not a cure-all for depression, cuddling is a good step in the right direction, and another tool you can put in your arsenal in fighting depression