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Cuddling could improve health

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You think of cuddling up on the couch with your significant other when it's cold outside.

But there's some evidence we should be cuddling more to stay healthy.

Researchers tell Women's Health Magazine that cuddling can strengthen the bond between you and your partner. Plus, surveys show the closer you and your partner are while you sleep, the more likely you are to feel happy with your relationship.

It's not difficult to imagine, but cuddling also makes you happier.

Researchers say just touching someone releases the feel good hormones: dopamine and serotonin. That can boost your mood and help fight depression.

It can even cut down on your stress level. The moment you make skin to skin contact the brain tells the adrenal glands to cut back on the stress hormone cortisol which in turn makes you feel less anxious.

Cuddling creates a domino effect of good things. Since cuddling makes you less anxious, doctors say it also means you're more likely to fall asleep at a reasonable hour.
Cuddling can even boost the immune system with a boost to Feel good hormones serotonin, dopamine, and also oxytocin.

Cuddling can also improve your sex life. A study from the archives of sexual behavior found that couples who cuddle after sex are more satisfied with the overall relationship.

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