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Why is cuddling important?

Updated: Mar 7

Is it possible to quickly and safely improve our psychophysical condition? According to scientists, the answer is “yes, of course”. Apparently, all we need to do is cuddle. So, grab your significant other or anyone you are close to - whether that's your partner, child or even pet - and read about the whole spectrum of benefits that cuddling brings about!



Why is cuddling so powerful?

Although our planet spins with the same velocity as always, it seems like the world becomes somewhat faster, and so do our lives. We run from one assignment to another, in the meantime scrolling through notifications, each millisecond receiving more data than ever in human history. Such a lifestyle, in the long run, inevitably leads to a burnout experience and a chronic fatigue syndrome, which can in turn seriously damage our physical and mental health. Luckily, there is a simple yet powerful way to immediately improve our condition – cuddling.


Cuddling can boost your immune system

You've heard the phrase, "When we’re happy, we’re healthy". It's true! When we’re happy we release optimum levels of serotonin and oxytocin and serotonin has also been linked to immune system improvement. Beyond the science of hormones, if we’re hugging or cuddling with someone, it’s probably a person we care for. These people should generally make us happy. When we feel happy and cared for we feel safe and excited about the future, which helps reduce stress and depression which can lead to a weak immune system. Take a moment to give someone a hug and give them an immune system boost.



Cuddling creates better relationships

In the book, “The Five Love Languages” by Gary Chapman, he identifies physical touch as one of five ways that we express love or want love to be expressed to us. For many, it’s more important than words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts or spending quality time together. Those people who consider themselves “cuddlers” have identified their love language! It’s vital for them to get this need met in order to feel loved and accepted. While receiving physical touch from people closest to us is ideal, it can also be enhanced with pets who can also be great “cuddlers”.


Help You Sleep Better

Whether you’re spooning all night long or just cuddling with your partner for 10 minutes before you go to sleep — triggers your body to release oxytocin that helps you bond with your partner and relieve stress.


When you’re not so anxious, and more relaxed, you’re likely to fall asleep faster and have better sleep.


Now that you reached the end of the article, get up and go cuddle with your loved ones!


 

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