It Feels Good, and It's Good For You!

It may be difficult to find time to relax in today’s hectic world. Many even sacrifice their time for intimacy to work more hours.
Cuddling is one of the easiest ways to experience the closeness we need. Along with so many benefits, it’s definitely something that can’t be sacrificed. Cuddling is not just for women; men can benefit from cuddling as well.
Noted benefits of cuddling  (besides the fact that it’s good for your body and soul!)
1. Release a Feel-Good Hormone
Oxytocin is a hormone that does everything from making you feel good to helping you feel connected to others. Oxytocin is crucial in the act of cuddling, as you’ll see from its benefits popping up in the list below.
2. Boost the Immune System
The release of oxytocin, this feel-good hormone makes you feel like nothing can hurt you—which is an amazing benefit! It also increases hormones that help fight infection. Basically, you’re boosting your immune system because you’re feeling too good and healthy to get sick. The power of positive thinking—and feeling loved and secure—actually works!
3. Relieve Pain
Just as it boosts your immune system, cuddling and releasing oxytocin will decrease your pain levels. It’s like whenever your neck hurts, you rub it. Even simple touches like that release enough oxytocin to make you feel better, so imagine the effect cuddling has — a full body contact with another human.
4. Possibly Lower the Risk of Heart Disease
Hugging increases 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. Your heart is happier and not working as hard to combat the effects of stress and sickness, you’ll be healthier, longer.
5. Reduce Social Anxiety
Oxytocin inspires positive thinking. It helps you have an optimistic outlook on the world. Which means when you get a hug right as you arrive at the party where you only know one person, you’re going to feel happier and more social going in. You’ll feel like you can charm everyone at the party. And with oxytocin coursing through your system, you may!
6. Deepen Your Relationships (take it home with you!)
Communication is important in relationships, but people often forget how effective and meaningful touch can be. When your career is so stressful you come home and can’t stop thinking about the job, it may be taking a negative toll on your relationship. Instead, imagine coming home and cuddling with your partner for even ten minutes a day. This brief break from the stress of everyday life will not only give you all the other benefits listed here, but will also deepen your relationship.
7.  Help Caregivers Bond
Oxytocin is in relation to childbirth and breastfeeding. This chemical doesn’t just inspire good feelings between couples; it also works for women & men with their babies. Oxytocin helps relax the adult.
8. Help You Sleep Better
Helps release oxytocin that helps you relieve stress. When you’re not so anxious, and more relaxed, you’re likely to fall asleep faster and have better sleep.
9. Reduce Stress
It’s only natural that all these positive effects are going to release stress, also. You’re feeling more confident in social situations, your immune system is stronger— nothing can stress you out. You’ll have a great, cuddle-filled, loving life.
Cuddling Is for Everyone
Cuddling doesn’t have to be between you and your romantic partner. It doesn’t even have to be with another person—you can rub your own shoulders! You can also hug friends or play with your pets. If you don’t want to be social or don’t have a furry friend, never fear! You can take a warm bath or get a massage. Feeling warm and connected by some sort of touch is enough to get you feeling good!

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