Get Cuddling: It’s Good For Your Health
We’re born to cuddle. It’s a natural instinct for a baby to snuggle up in their mom’s arms. Even animals cuddle each other. What’s better than a big warm, lost in your arms, cuddle? When it’s cold outside, isn’t it nice to cuddle up on the sofa with someone you love? How about when you hear bad news, and someone holds you tightly in their arms? Cuddling is a wonderful cure for lifting your mood. In addition, it has lots of health benefits.
Let’s look at how cuddling benefits you:
- It strengthens your immune system
Winter carries the flu and cold viruses which can hit you anytime. But if your immune system is strong, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to fight it. Cuddling stimulates your parasympathetic system. In other words, it helps you relax. And that makes serotonin, oxytocin and dopamine kick in. The result of having those feel-good hormones released in your body, cause your immunity to fight off nasty sicknesses.
- It prevents heart disease
Oxytocin is a natural hormone which comes with lots of health benefits. It brings about positive feelings. That’s one of the best emotions for reducing stress and high blood pressure, which activates heart disease. Those are two major ingredients of heart attacks. So, cuddling reduces anxiety, stress and high blood pressure. Hugging regularly keeps your heart happy, which in turn wards off heart disease.
- It makes you feel happy
Who doesn’t want some happiness? It lifts your mood and puts a smile on your lips. You can’t cuddle someone without touching them. Did you know that touching releases a couple of hormones which lifts your mood and kicks out depression? The hormones responsible for that wonderful feeling (happiness) are dopamine and serotonin. So, when you want some instant happiness, cuddle someone. But make sure it’s someone you know.
- It brings out your affection
There’s nothing better than cuddling with a loved one, especially on a cold winter’s evening. Cuddling with your partner, child, parents or friend is a great way of showing affection. Sometimes, a cuddle is all you need to give, when words can’t explain what you’re feeling deep down inside. There is no better way to communicate your affections without using words.
So, next time you want a cuddle, think about the benefits. Begin your mornings with a cuddle and end your days with a snuggle. It’s another way of saying, ‘I love you’ to the people you share your life with. And do you know what’s so great about cuddling? It won’t cost you any money.
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Do you cuddle often? How does cuddling make you feel? Please share your thoughts in the comments box below. 🙂