If you're a cuddler, you probably know that it makes you feel great. If you're not so fond of the intimate interaction or don't get enough of it, you may be missing out on the healthy benefits from a loving embrace.
Oxytocin, a natural hormone released in your body during cuddling or any other kind of social bonding, has many benefits for your body.
Don't feel left out if you're not in an intimate relationship. Cuddling with friends, family, or pets have the same benefits. Here are some reasons why cuddling is good for you.
It will boost your mood.
Cuddling releases oxytocin, a feel-good hormone that's also known as the 'love hormone'. You already know that when you're in a good mood, life feels great. This optimistic outlook will help you to be more productive.
It will relieve pain.
When an area of your body hurts, your first reaction is to give it a good massage. Although it may not relieve your pain entirely, you'll find it does help. That simple touch releases oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine, all which makes you feel good. So, a genuine cuddle will make your feel even better.
It will boost your immune system.
Don't go around cuddling people while you have a cold or an infection, but keep in mind that a loving embrace will help your body fight viruses. Stress contributes to a lower immune system, so be happy and cuddle away!
These next reasons are key for a healthy lifestyle.