Some people love to cuddle and others find the idea of laying that close to someone for an extended period of time to be very off-putting. Either way, it did not matter whether you liked to cuddle or not – until now. Scientists have proven that those who cuddle have clear advantages over those who do not cuddle.
1. Stress Relief
An article published by mic.com states the results of a study that is scheduled to be released in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships this month. According to the study, small acts of physical touch can help reduce stress. Something as simple as a hug can curb anxiety and depression.
2. Chemical Happiness
When humans are physically close to one another, especially people we care deeply for or are infatuated with, our bodies release a chemical called oxytocin. This chemical is considered to be the “happiness chemical”. This release of oxytocin can help you feel more connected to your significant other and increase feelings for him/her, resulting in happiness.
3. Immune System Support
The release of oxytocin does more than make you happy – it makes you feel invincible (which is more true than you may think). The release of oxytocin also increases particular hormones that can help you fight infection. As you feel emotionally supported by your cuddling partner, he/she is also helping to support your immune system. You should thank them!
4. Reduces Your Risk of Heart Disease
Yes, again, oxytocin is the culprit. With less stress and anxiety, your blood pressure is sure to be lower. Your heart is happier with oxytocin and does not have to work as hard to combat sickness, stress and, you guessed it, heart disease!
5. Reduces Social Anxieties
Cuddling does not have to be between you and a significant other or even another person. You can get the calming effects of cuddling through rubbing your own shoulders! Next time you enter a room full of strangers and are uncomfortable, try it! Physical touch, even your own, can help release oxytocin. If that does not work, introduce yourself to someone and shake their hand or give them a casual hug. You should feel happier and more comfortable.
If you are one of the skeptics that hates the idea of touching others, let your guard down and give one of your friends a hug today. Even if you do not feel happier, I assure you that oxytocin has been released and is working inside of your body.
If you are one of the natural born cuddlers, keep on cuddlin’!