Whether it’s a fist bump with our buddies or a heartfelt embrace from our parents, contact with our fellow human beings can have a significant effect on our emotional well-being. Recent studies confirm this, especially when it comes to relationships with our significant others. Cuddling with each other can be one of the healthiest things a couple does.
Cuddling Eases Stress
After a long day at work, dealing with stress and other distractions, it’s nice to come home and enjoy the company of another person. When you cuddle, you release oxytocin, a hormone commonly known as the “love hormone.”
Oxytocin is triggered by cuddling and other intimate acts; it’s like a natural cure for anxiety and stress. It’s no wonder we always feel better when we see that special someone after a rough day.
Cuddling Boosts The Immune System
In addition to de-stressing you, cuddling will also boost your immune system. Along with oxytocin, cuddling releases serotonin, another “happy” hormone, which works with oxytocin to boost your immune system.
A study at Carnegie Mellon University found that people who hugged and cuddled more were less likely to get a cold than those that didn’t. And if they did catch a cold, they weren’t as sick as those who weren’t cuddling.
Cuddling Helps The Heart
Not only does your heart feel better while you’re hugging and cuddling, it literally helps your heart stay healthy. A study from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill learned that adults that cuddled and held hands while watching a 10-minute video had lower heart rates and blood pressure.
Once again, a study shows that the power of cuddling does a lot of good for our bodies and minds. It’s nice to know that something as simple as a cuddle goes a long way in battling the ill effects of stress. Healthy relationships mean healthier living!