It's official: There is a day for just about everything, from National Sacher Torte Day (Dec. 5) to National Heimlich Maneuver Day (June 1), and that includes National Cuddle Up Day (Jan. 6). I like this one, though. Not that I have a personal vendetta against the celebration of sacher tortes or Heimlich maneuvers, but I don't have a particular penchant for either of those. I do, however, love to cuddle. As such, partners who love to cuddle are the best partners, as far as I'm concerned. I can't suffer non-snugglers.
Cuddling doesn't have to be relegated solely to the bed. It can be done on the beach, in the tub, on a rooftop. I had a little snuggle atop a set of cliffs in Scotland recently, staring up at the almost-blue sky. I've had snuggles on trains and in the back of cars. Planes, for sure. Really, as far as I'm concerned, any time is a good time for a cuddle.
There are scientific reasons to grab your lover and settle in for a long snug. Dopamine and serotonin are released when you touch someone, which "can boost your mood and help curb depression," reports Women's Health Magazine. And "the closer you and your partner are while you sleep, the more likely you are to feel happy with your relationship," they reported, as per a survey by the Edinburgh International Science Festival. (Edinburgh — the very spot where I did some outdoor snuggling!)
You also release oxytocin when you have a good cuddle, which "contributes to us cultivating and maintaining intimate, healthy relationships," says Connections.Mic. Oxytocin is pretty badass, they write: "According to Paul Zak, an expert on the beloved hormone and self-proclaimed 'Dr. Love,' oxytocin is the 'moral molecule behind all human virtue, trust, affection and love, a "social glue" that keeps society together.'"
I'm always down for a waking snuggle — bonus points for creative cuddling, in spots normally reserved for eating breakfast (kitchen snuggle!) or writing a paper (library snuggle!). But I especially adore all-night snuggles, which means I do best dating people who also know the value of a good snuggle. It's not all in my head, though; studies point to "suggestive evidence that couples' emotional closeness and physical intimacy during the daytime and prior to bedtime may promote sleep," reports Connections.Mic. So a little library snuggle + a pre-sleep bedtime snuggle x a longterm bed snuggle = a good night's sleep. Sounds about right.
Human touch is just that important. In a study comprised of married women, the ladies were told that they might receive a mild shock, and their anxiety levels were measured to increase, but their anxiety came back down when they held hands with a male experimenter, and came down even more so when they held hands with their husbands, reports Greatist.
Look, if you're not down with cuddling, I'm probably not down with you. Some women are mystified by the whole phenomenon. Others downright hate cuddling. Others have compiled lists to detail exactly why they hate snuggling so much. And why they hate the phrase "snuggle bug."