One of the basic needs all human beings have is the need for love. There is a proven psychological need for love. You can induce the relaxation response by having a cuddle with your partner, family, friends and even with your pets. This will help to reduce your stress levels. Studies have shown that physical contact — even petting your dog or cat — may actually help lower blood pressure and decrease stress hormones. Make sure you spend good quality time with those special people around you. This social interaction helps your brain think better, encouraging you to see new solutions to situations that once seemed impossible.