Go Hug a ‘Comfort Dog’ And Make Yourself Feel Better About Everything

Marjorie-JacobsBoston Magazine
Marjorie Jacobs, College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation

When it comes to coping with trauma and anxiety, hugging a dog is the best medicine, experts say…

Expert quote:

“When we are hyper vigilant and alert the body is releasing [many different chemicals]. And when in the company of a calm animal, it elicits a relaxation response. You settle in, you’re not hyper vigilant. Also there is that unconditional love and attention and support that the animals give.”

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