Benefits of Cuddling

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Cuddling has some great benefits!  So next time you want to make an excuse not to – you’re too hot, you don’t want to, it’s “uncomfortable” – just do it.  Check out these benefits next time you want to decline the invite.

 

Feels Good

Cuddling releases oxytocin.  Oxytocin is the feel good hormone released in the brain to create a sense of happiness.  It can also release endorphins, which contributes to that great feeling as well.

Makes You Feel Sexy

Another benefit of cuddling is getting to be physically close to your partner.  Dopamine is released when we cuddle, which is an excitatory hormone that increases sexual desire.  Sex is healthy and natural and has many benefits in itself.

Reduces Stress and Blood Pressure

Physical contact with someone can reduce stress.  Physical contact can increase oxytocin levels.  Not only is it a feel good hormone, but it also brings a sense of security and bonding.  Increased oxytocin levels reduce blood pressure, which reduces the risk of heart disease.  It can also reduce stress and anxiety.

Bonds Women with Babies and Partners

Cuddling creates emotional attachment.  Oxytocin has a biological role in bonding mothers and their babies.  Women raised with insecure attachment are more likely to have difficulties forming secure attachments with their own children and their partners.  Find a comfort zone, a balance, for the needs of yourself and your partner to enjoy your together time.

Helps Communication

Improved intimacy can actually benefit your communication.  The wanting to be understood is normal, and sometimes it’s the nonverbal communication that is more powerful.  Cuddling is a way to communicate how you feel without the words.  It can enrich your relationship.

 

http://www.shape.com/lifestyle/sex-and-love/5-health-reasons-make-time-cuddling