The rainy season has dawned upon us and the weather has always been sweet. When was the last time you cuddled with somebody? By “somebody” I meant any person or pet – it doesn’t have to be a person of another gender like what you are probably thinking right now. Whether it was just a few minutes ago or a lifetime, cuddling is so important to one’s being because nothing beats the warmth we get not only to the body but also to the soul when we cuddle.
Did you know that cuddling has a number of health benefits? It is important to realize that you shouldn’t sacrifice time for intimacy because this very thing we share with others is an essential ingredient to happiness and inner peace. We have put together a couple of advantages one can reap from cuddling. Read on and get yourself a cuddle buddy soon!
1. It releases a happy hormone.
Oxytocin is one of the most important hormones in the human body as it is responsible in making you feel good and helping you connect with others. Cuddling triggers the release of this hormone together with its positive effects.
2. It helps boost the immune system
Once the hormone oxytocin has been released, you will feel as if nothing could hurt you because it increases other hormones in the body that battle against infection; thus, making your immune system stronger and better. It’s going to feel too good to get sick.
3. It offers relief of pain.
Aside from making your immune system stronger and better, the happy hormone oxytocin will also decrease the feeling of pain, if there is any. A simple example is rubbing your neck when it hurts. After that simple touch, the pain goes away, right? Same goes with cuddling.
4. It lowers the risk of heart disease.
Oxytocin is also considered a “bonding hormone” because it reduces blood pressure and the risk of heart disease. Because you have a happy heart that doesn’t carry a burden, it doesn’t have to take a bucket of effort to combat sickness and cope with stress.
5. It reduces social anxiety.
Did you know that oxytocin also encourages optimism? Isn’t it that when somebody hugs you whenever you arrive at someone else’s house or in a social gathering, you feel welcome and accepted? This simple gesture isn’t necessarily “cuddling” but it’s more or less the same, right?
6. It helps you get a good night sleep.
Cuddling with your partner before going to sleep triggers the release of oxytocin that will magically take all the stress away and let you sleep better. When you feel relaxed, the likelihood to fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer increases.
7. It keeps you free from stress.
After the abovementioned effects I mentioned, stress relief is basically the major effect of cuddling in general. It has a ton of benefits that will not only make your body feel good from the outside but also from within. So what are you waiting for? Have a great, cuddle-filled life!