Some couples like to snuggle up on the sofa to binge-watch Netflix, others like to stay under the covers as long as possible in the mornings to get their cuddle on. And no matter how you get close to your S.O., all that cuddling doesn’t just feel good, it gives your body, mind, and soul a boost, too. Check out the benefits of this relaxing pastime.
- It can help you feel more positive - Cuddling can help the body generate oxytocin, also called the “cuddle hormone.” It brings on positive emotions and it’s key to creating the emotional bond in adult relationships.
- It can deepen your relationship - Cuddling can help you connect with your partner and deepen your emotional bonds through physical intimacy.
- It can help fight off postpartum depression - Touching, like the kind you do cuddling with your S.O., may even help ward off postpartum depression. In one study, moms of newborns who received massages experienced less depression and stress than the group who didn’t get the rub downs.
- It can help you become a better communicator - Without saying a word, cuddling can communicate to your partner exactly how you’re feeling.
- It can help regulate stress, depression, and even blood pressure- Cuddling isn’t just comforting, it’s good for your overall well-being, too. Research has shown that physical touch in romantic relationshipscan help ease stress and other studies have shown that partners who cuddle frequently have lower blood pressure.