The neuroendocrine and physiological systems related to pain and stress have long been subjected to study, and seems to be more harmful than previous thought. But, more recently, the corresponding systems promoting anti-stress and restoration have also come into focus. It is not only important to investigate the mechanisms underlying disease but also to examine the physiological and psychological mechanisms which protect and heal the body and soul. The nonapeptide oxytocin, originally known to stimulate labour and milk ejection, appears to play an interesting and important role in this regard. A hug may save your life..?