5 Health Benefits of Cuddling

Who doesn’t love to spoon? It not only feels great but also has many health benefits you might not know about. Here are some reasons you should be cuddling tonight!

1. You’ll be happier! Our bodies release the love hormone oxytocin when we cuddle! Research shows that introducing oxytocin into our systems makes it easier for us to recognize positive facial expressions in others, which, in turn, makes us happier.

2. You’ll get fewer colds! The hormones that kick in when we snuggle help improve our moods, and research shows that we’re less likely to catch a cold when our emotions are the kind that make us smile. Studies also found oxytocin helps battle the inflammation associated with heart disease… and may have therapeutic effects on certain types of cancer.

3. You’ll feel good! Cuddling decreases levels of the stress hormone cortisol while boosting the “feel-good” hormones dopamine and serotonin in our brains. These changes slow down heart rate, reduce blood pressure, and have been shown to ease pain from headaches to cramps to body aches.

4. You’ll stress less! When we cuddle, we relax! Skin-to-skin cuddling feels so good because the oxytocin released by healthy physical contact and warm temperatures makes people feel more altruistic and trusting, which lowers anxiety and relieves stress.

5. You may win the battle of the bulge! Oxytocin has also been linked to reduced food intake and increased energy expenditure, which can lead to weight loss.

Now fitting into your skinny jeans, THAT’S a great reason to cuddle.

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Dr. Jennifer Miranda

Dr. Jennifer Miranda is a board certified Internal Medicine physician who believes that doctors should make a difference in the quality of people’s lives. To this end, she founded Pure Executive Health & Wellness, a comprehensive medical practice centered around the importance of the patient-physician relationship in achieving total body wellness.

Dr. Miranda is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Harvard University where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Harvard, she was a four-time recipient of the annual John Harvard Scholarship for academic achievement of highest distinction, and she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, the prestigious collegiate national honor society. She then attended the University of Miami School of Medicine where she graduated with selection into Alpha Omega Alpha, which is the highest honor someone can obtain during their medical education. Her exceptional skills as a resident led to her selection as Intern of the Year and later as Chief Medical Resident at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She also has extensive knowledge in the field of Functional Medicine, and has recently completed a 2 year comprehensive program at the University of Miami.