By Jodi Milner

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It’s no surprise that cuddling makes you feel good, but did you know that it is a natural stress reliever? It’s true. Cuddling releases oxytocin, a hormone that calms you and helps you deal with stress. Lowering stress lowers cortisol as well, a different hormone linked to high blood pressure and weight gain.

But wait, there’s more! Cuddling can help reduce pain, increase the sense of connection in a relationship, and reduce the likelihood of sickness. It can improve sleep, calm infants, and improve the bond between people. 

With all this science behind cuddling, you’d better get your cuddles in! All alone? You can still get the benefits of cuddling by snuggling a pillow or stuffed animal while talking to someone on the phone. If you have a furry pet, you get all these benefits when they curl up in your lap or lie down close to you. 

Try this:

Cuddling doesn’t have to be complicated. You can cuddle while watching TV, while reading together, or before going to sleep. Find several moments during your day where cuddling is a natural fit and be sure to get your cuddles in!

Storytime: 

Cuddles are one of my love languages. If it’s been a while since I’ve had a good one, I can feel the difference. Life can get really hectic in my family, especially when everyone has something different going on and all of it is important. It’s easy to forget how important hugging and touch can be.

During these times especially, I try to remember to offer a hug to each member of the family every morning and every night. While the teenagers often won’t take up the offer, when they do it’s a sweet reconnection.

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