I’m a cuddle monster. I’ve been a cuddle monster since I was very, very little. There’s just something about getting all snuggled up with someone that gets me, every time. I always thought it was because I’m a natural-born hedonist, but apparently there are some major health benefits to cuddling, too.
1 IT RELEASES OXYTOCIN
A lot of the health benefits from cuddling are directly related to the oxytocin boost it gives you. Oxytocin is sometimes called the “love hormone” because it’s triggered by all the love stuff: kissing, cuddling, having sex. When you’re cuddled up with someone, your brain releases more oxytocin than it would when you’re, say, cleaning or working or doing anything else not love-related.
2 PROMOTES BONDING
The first health benefit of oxytocin that scientists isolated was that it’s released in order to promote bonding between women and their babies. But it turns out it’s not just great for mother/child bonding - it’s also excellent for connecting more strongly with a romantic partner or a good friend.
3 EASES STRESS
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October - December 2018