'Tis the season for the common cold. Lots of runny, red noses (apart from that of a certain reindeer). But with the cold also comes a lot of warmth, specifically in hug form. This week will be filled with reunions with friends and family, and you'll be dishing out so many hugs, your arms may get tired.
According to new research published in the journal Psychological Science, you may actually be protecting yourself and your loved ones from the common cold with those sweet embraces.
Lead author Sheldon Cohen described the thought process behind the study, in a press release: