Psychologists are now saying cuddling is so important, it may be worth paying for. In fact, cuddling is now a professional form of therapy that reduces tension and anxiety while relieving stress by boosting Oxytocin and reducing Cortisol. Yes, you can hire certified cuddle practitioners called “Cuddlists,” who are trained in non-sexual, therapeutic touch (and communicating consent, in case you were wondering).
It’s no wonder we love cuddling so much. Touching and hugging enhance our mood and make us feel protected and safe. That's all the more reason to fire up Netflix and curl up with your sweetie. And don’t feel left out if you’re single. Studies show mutual hugging benefits can happen with friends, parents, even babies, and pets.
Here are 10 benefits of cuddling everyone should know about.
1. It Reduces Stress and Blood Pressure
Stress management coaches and holistic therapists would constantly remind everyone how physical contact with others can help to reduce stress. Hugging, kissing, or more physical acts of touch increase oxytocin levels, which is a 'bonding' hormone—this chemical reaction can help to reduce blood pressure, which in turn reduces the risk of heart disease, but it can also help to reduce stress and anxiety.
2. It Can Give Your Immune System A Boost
You already know that when you’re stressed out, you’re more vulnerable to catching a cold or even the flu. But social support, including frequent hugs, protects stressed people from getting sick. And if they do become ill, their symptoms are less severe.
If you can’t cuddle with a friend or significant other, you can always hit the spa: A single, 45-minute massage session not only melts those knotted muscles in your back but also is a boon for your immune system, according to a recent study.
3. Boost Happiness Hormones
Oxytocin often called the “cuddle hormone”, is a neurotransmitter that acts on the limbic system, the brain’s emotional center, promoting feelings of contentment and reducing anxiety. A research study suggests that oxytocin helps human males act more affectionate and form closer social relationships.
4. It Helps Relieve Pain
Sometimes, with just a touch, things are better. Think about when you were younger — whenever anything hurt, your immediate response was to call for Mom, because her touch was a magical cure-all. While nothing can outdo a mother’s touch, the oxytocin released during cuddling can actually ease the pain in individuals. It’s a perfect combination of hormones and cuddles that can make a physical (or even emotional) pain bearable.
5. It Helps You Communicate Better
According to a marriage and family therapist in Chicago who works with many couples on how to improve intimacy in their lives, reminds us of one great benefit of cuddling and non-erotic physical touch. Most couples in marital therapy complain about communication issues. Most people want to feel understood, and communication is the vehicle by which they transmit understanding and empathy. Non-verbal communication can be a very powerful way to say to your partner, ‘I get you'. Cuddling is a way of saying, ‘I know how you feel.' It allows us to feel known by our partner in ways that words can't convey.
6. It’s Good For Your Immune System.
What do we have to thank again for this one? Oxytocin. Without all that feel good action going on, the even greater outer effect of it all is a stronger immune system. You see, happy people don’t get sick; they just don’t. If you’re sick, it’s because you’re not cuddling enough.
7. Soothe Anxiety and the Nervous System
Hugs help us to balance the nervous system as well. The galvanic skin response of someone receiving or giving a hug can change the skin conductance. The effects in the moisture and electricity of the skin help regulate the nervous system.
8. Decrease Food Cravings
Cuddling can reduce late night cravings. Some people have a habit of attacking the refrigerator at night due to digestion problems. A loving hug at night can help decrease these cravings.
9. It’s Great For Your Sex Life
According to a research, those who make cuddling a mandatory ending to sex, report “higher levels of satisfaction with their sex lives.” It’s not just because there’s sex going on, but because taking the time for intimacy after the act reaffirms the emotional and sexual bond there.
10. It Can Lead To Round 2
Although you may have just come off of some mind-blowing sex, the dopamine that’s being released during your cuddle session just increases that sexual desire again and again. You may need a rest, but keeping things close instead of jumping out of bed right after, is just asking for another round of the good stuff. And, as we learned, that good stuff is really good for every inch of you.
Cuddling is not only an affection that women or children want. But cuddling can be beneficial for the health, immunity and better sleep, not to mention that it binds couples into a deeper sense of love and emotion. In this post, I shared with you 10 benefits of cuddling everyone should know about.
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