The Art Of Snuggling

Humans crave the touch of another. We all know that crying babies will grow silent when picked up, and that gentle stroking will soothe them to sleep. Studies have shown that our need to be touched has a direct impact on our physical and mental well being. In 19th Century Greece it was common for infants to die from “Marasmus”, which is the Greek term for starving to death or wasting away. Physicians later discovered that lack of touch played a key role in these tragic deaths. Ashley Montagu, a noted anthropologist and educator, conducted a research study comprised of infants that did not receive regular human contact. His researched determined that a majority of these infants developed stunted growth lines, called Harris Lines, in their forearm and shin bones, which could lead to serious difficulties in adulthood. According to Tiffany Field, PhD, Director of The Touch Research Institute at the University of Miami Medical School, regular touching has the health benefits of reducing pain, anxiety, and depression as well as having an effect in increasing the effectiveness of our immune systems as well as decreasing blood pressure. She also states that frequent touching increases levels of endorphins, oxytocin and other feel good chemicals in our bodies.

In addition to tangible health benefits, human touch plays a critical part in developing and maintaining intimacy in our relationships. The fact is couples that maintain frequent contact such as hugging, holding hands and snuggling, tend to have stronger more meaningful relationships. Many therapists and counselors say that 4 hugs per day are needed for survival, 8 hugs per day are needed to maintain, and 12 hugs per day are essential to experience growth in a relationship. How many hugs have you been part of today?

An excellent idea for staying connected throughout the day with your spouse or partner is to start a program of mandatory snuggling. It works like this: Every morning wake up ten minutes before you normally would. Take this time to slowly wake up and snuggle with your partner. (Check out the spooning link below for technique advice). Use it as a meditation and reflection time to get prepared for your day. I promise, you will be amazed at the results! A word of caution-the authors experience has been that there can be a fine line between snuggling and, er, uh…..I think you know what I mean. Come to think of it, 20 minutes early is a better idea! Brian Bober, Akron, Ohio

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donna bamford 7 years ago from Canada

Nice well written essay. Maybe that's what i need for the winter blues. Some serious snuggling. You betcha!

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horsecrazyheidi 7 years ago from good old Arkansas

Thank you now I know whats wrong with me. Thank great hub very imformational

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wavegirl22 7 years ago from New York, NY

there isnt anything better than snuggling . . .loved this Hub!

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Sa Toya 7 years ago from England

OMGosh this was written for me. I lurve hugs, cuddles, snuggles...I sometimes force my mommy to cuddle me more than she does...not to mention my lil bro...CUDDLES! :D

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MordechaiZoltan 7 years ago Author

Thank you very very much for reading!

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lovelypaper 7 years ago from Virginia

Great subject to write about. I think think about the health benefits.

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MordechaiZoltan 7 years ago Author

Thanks for reading!

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poetlorraine 7 years ago

puting the alarm on for half an hour or so before i have to get up tomorrow,

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MordechaiZoltan 7 years ago Author

Awesome idea!

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Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

what a great hub! Need to go find me one before I go to work!

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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

Excellent hub and spot on advice. My hubby and I snuggle every night and every morning. It is a great way to end the day and a great beginning to each new day.

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MordechaiZoltan 6 years ago Author

Thanks Deborah!

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Pam Roberson 6 years ago from Virginia

Yes! I'm gonna get my snuggle on. :)

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MordechaiZoltan 6 years ago Author

Hey Pam thanks for stopping by! I saw your comments on one of Shadesbreath's hubs and thought, hey, Pam is awesome!

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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

loved it. miss it. wish I had a guy to do that with! LOL

Yabagi Ameen M. 4 years ago

D 1st day had it deply wt ma dear1, it ws great ñ joyable! Pls up arthur tnx.

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