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Cuddling Is Actually Good For You

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There is scientific research to support that cuddling is good for you. Physical contact, like cuddling, helps to build bonds and intimacy between people. From this intimacy, trust can often be formed. How does that work? Touch increases the release of oxytocin, which is a neuropeptide that promotes trust, devotion, and bonding. Oxytocin is often called the "cuddle hormone" and the "love hormone." Science considers oxytocin crucial for bonding in human relationships.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Physical touch increases the release of oxytocin, which is a neuropeptide. 00:37

  2. Scientists say that hugs that stave off illness. 01:47

  3. Temple Grandin invented "The Squeeze Machine" to produce the anxiety-lowering effects of hugging. 02:32