There are endless benefits to your relationship when you and your guy take the time to get close. We’re not talking just sex here, but hugging, snuggling, or cuddling can bring you to a deeper emotional connection with each other.
Now, studies are saying there are major health advantages as well. Like living longer, lower blood pressure, and stronger immune systems.
Read on for more reasons to get close with your mate.
It Increases Sexual Desire
Dr. Renee Horowitz, owner of the Center for Sexual Wellness in Farmington Hills, Michigan and an ob-gyn says cuddling pre or post intercourse releases the hormone dopamine. This hormone is responsible for increasing sexual desire. So, the next time your guy complains cuddling is a waste of time, remind him it helps get you in the mood, and we’re sure he’ll re-think his stance on the matter!
Bonds the Family
Families that cuddle together form emotional attachments, which is why babies and mothers have such a strong bond. Fathers can be a part of this bond by joining the cuddle session during or after breast feeding or anytime the family is all together.
Lane Strathearn, assistant professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, says studies show “women raised with insecure attachment themselves are more likely to have difficulty forming secure attachments with their children (and partners).”
Marriage and family therapist David Klow encourages his clients to cuddle in order to improve or restore the intimacy in their relationships. Says Klow, “Most people want to feel understood, and communication is the vehicle by which they transmit understanding and empathy. Non-verbal communication can be a very powerful way to say to your partner, ‘I get you,'” he says. “Cuddling is a way of saying, ‘I know how you feel.’ It allows us to feel known by our partner in ways that words can’t convey.”
Decreases Stress & Blood Pressure
Experts say the more physical acts of touch you do daily (hugging, kissing, cuddling, etc) the more oxytocin levels are raised. Known as the “bonding” hormone, it’s a chemical reaction in the body that reduces blood pressure. This lowers your risk for heart disease and also reduces your feelings of stress and anxiety.