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Surprise! Snuggling Boosts Your Bond

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You know hugging and kissing your guy feels great, but it's also good for your union.

  	 Affectionate Couple Lying together on a Sofa

You know how at the end of a brutal day you love to snuggle up next to your guy? Sure it feels great, but did you know it's good for your relationship, too?

Scientists at the University of North Carolina say when you shoot the breeze with your guy for ten minutes and then snuggle, you not only experience less stress (thanks to dramatically lowered blood pressure), but your body floods with oxytocin (a.k.a, the relaxing "cuddle" hormone).

And snuggling may even stop your spats -- when researchers at the University of Zurich in Switzerland studied 51 married couples, they found cozying up boosts your mood and lowers levels of cortisol, the hormone that causes stress - and makes him want to bolt when you argue.

Want to maximize your snuggles?

Take advantage of that post-sex snooze. While it's true women are usually wound up and chatty after sex, men often want to conk out. Strike a happy medium by taking a hot bath together. Not only will you get the bonding you crave, the hot water will make you two drowsy.

Or after the kids are in bed, pop in a chick flick: Mushy movies spark intimate feelings in men, according to a study conducted at the University of Michigan. Scientists say watching cheesy films boosts a guy's progesterone levels (a hormone which brings out his protective feelings) by 10%. So pop in a girl movie with a tough guy hero (think "Titanic") and snuggle up!

How often do you and your guy snuggle?

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2 comments so far | Post a comment now
Susan Kuchinskas December 2, 2008, 11:39 AM

Don’t go overboard on trying to boost his progesterone, however. That’s the hormone of sexual satiety and elevated levels can lower his sex drive, which would be a bummer.

Beverly December 10, 2008, 8:21 PM

For the longest my guy and I have cuddled and it seems to be doing a world of good before and after lovemaking. When I asked how he felt about cuddling first I was amazed at how he jumped at the chance. Of course after we make love it’s his idea to cuddle. I’d do just about anything to be happy like I am when we’re together

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