As a huge softy I can say that cuddling is essential to any relationship I have because let’s face it, nothing feels better than being held close by somebody you love! It makes you feel comfy yet it has the power to give you butterflies. It feels so good it’s almost magical! Yes I said magical! It’s important that you and your main squeeze share physical and non verbal communication with each other. It’ll bring you closer and it just feels amazing.
Here are 5 reasons you should make cuddling a priority:
1) Cuddle because it feels good.
Cuddling releases oxytocin, which is also known as the feel-good hormone. It increases that overall happy feeling and can also release endorphins, which is the chemical released after a good workout or when you eat chocolate which contributes to that great feeling.
2) Cuddling makes you feel sexy.
The most obvious benefit to cuddling is getting close to your partner in the physical sense. There is also the release of dopamine, which is an excitatory hormone that increases sexual desire.
3) Cuddling reduces blood pressure.
“Hugging, kissing, or more physical acts of touch 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, but it can also help to reduce stress and anxiety,”
4) Cuddling bonds women with babies and partners.
According to Dr. Fran Walfish, celebrity doctor and author, cuddling is healthy for people because of the obvious factor of emotional attachment. “Oxytocin is a neuropeptide that is closely linked to childbirth and breastfeeding, and a recent study shows that it has a biological role in bonding between mother and baby,” she says. “The study, led by Lane Strathearn, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, shows that women raised with insecure attachment themselves are more likely to have difficulty forming secure attachments with their children (and partners).” It’s healthy to want to be close. “Too little or too much is not good. Observe and explore your own personal comfort zone. You will be a better communicator with your partner on how much feels good and when it gets too close for comfort,” Walfish says. “Your goal is to find a balance between your comfort zone and needs along with your partner’s.
5) Cuddling helps you communicate better.
“Most people want to feel understood, and communication is the vehicle by which they transmit understanding and empathy. Non-verbal communication can be a very powerful way to say to your partner, ‘I get you,'” he says. “Cuddling is a way of saying, ‘I know how you feel.’ It allows to feel known by our partner in ways that words can’t convey.”