“It increases overall happiness,” says psychologist, physical therapist, and author of bestseller Elizabeth Lombardo.“Cuddling, holding, and sexual play releases chemicals, like oxytocin, in the brain that create a sense of well-being and happiness,” says Dr.
How to: Facing your partner, both on your sides, move in for an embrace, adding affirming back rubbing.
Why do it: Convinces people that all is right in the world.
Lovey-dovey’ness aside, the health benefits of cuddling will surely convince them to make time for it.
Reason 1: It Feels Good Cuddling releases oxytocin, which is also known as the feel-good hormone.
Tellingly, the topic of marital sex — or more accurately, the lack of it — was a big issue among this group of fortysomething women, many of whom have either young children, husbands with demanding jobs or high levels of financial stress.
According to conventional wisdom, she and her husband of many years, David, 44, could be on the verge of divorce.
Reason 2: It Makes You Feel Sexy The most obvious benefit to cuddling is getting close to your partner in the physical sense.
Cuddling can lead to fun sexy time or relaxing, but there’s also a chemical plus.
If we didn’t have that daily contact, I’d feel as if I was just living with a flatmate.
But not having sex simply isn’t a problem for us.’Perhaps it’s not surprising that we set so much store by sex.
After all, there’s so much focus on it in films and on TV that it’s all too easy to believe that diminished passion signals a marriage in terminal decline.