National C U D D L E day!
And today is national C U D D L E day! yay!
I think we can speak for most when we say it is difficult to find time to relax in today’s hectic world. People juggling their work and home life whilst trying to hold friendships, hobbies and everything else that falls in their path. Because of this many sacrifice their time for intimacy, to work more hours and earn more money. But intimacy with others is one of the essential elements to make human beings happier.
Cuddling is one of the easiest ways to experience the intimacy we need with our loved ones. Along with so many other benefits, it’s definitely something that can’t be sacrificed.
Upon researching we have found that there are many surprising benefits of cuddling. Some will certainly amaze you I'm sure! Thanks to life hacks for an amazing write up on the health benefits we can expect if we just make time for a little snug!
Oxytocin commonly known as the 'miracle maker' is a hormone that does everything from making you feel good to helping you feel connected to others. This hormone plays a crucial part in the act of cuddling, as you’ll see from its benefits popping up below.
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!
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.
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 will!
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, you’re 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. You’ll be taking time to focus solely on your partner and what you feel for them.
Oxytocin is in relation to childbirth and breastfeeding. This chemical doesn’t just inspire good feelings between couples; it also works for women and their babies. Oxytocin helps relax the mother, so that breastfeeding may come more easily for those wanting to feed this way.
So basically what we are trying to say is MAKE TIME FOR CUDDLES! It doesn't have to be your partner or child or even a human for that matter. You can hug your dog or grab your own shoulders and give yourself a big squeeze. Feeling warm and connected by some sort of touch is enough to release oxytocin into your system and get you feeling good.