National Cuddle Up Day

Nothing feels better than cuddling up with someone you love. It’s a feeling so universal that people seek it out no matter where in the world they live or during which period in history they live through. Science has proven that cuddling not only gives us warm and fuzzy feelings but is also beneficial to our health. Cuddling causes our brains to release oxytocin—a hormone that can reduce pain and lower blood pressure. All of these are good reasons why someone might want to take the time out of their day to celebrate National Cuddle Up Day—a holiday that falls annually on January 6th.

Interesting Facts About Cuddling

Think that you know everything there is to know about cuddling? If you do, then you might want to reevaluate your position because we think that we’ve uncovered some facts about cuddling that few people know about. If you don’t believe us, then feel free to peruse the following facts about cuddling and see if we’re right.

Cuddling Reduces Stress And Helps Your Heart

One thing that some people might not know is that cuddling helps to reduce stress levels, which can be very good for the heart. When stress levels are low, your blood pressure drops, and lower blood pressure is the key to a healthier heart.

Cuddling Can Boost The Immune System

Science has discovered that hugs and cuddling can actually help boost a person’s immune system. This makes them less likely to catch a cold or get sick from the flu. Although it’s a small immune boost, every little bit counts these days, so find someone to cuddle with and spend less time being in bed sick.

Cuddling Can Help Couples Stay Together

Another benefit that cuddling provides for couples is that it allows them to stay connected to one another. Oxytocin—the hormone released during hugging—is known as the “love hormone,” and couples who cuddle a lot have more of this hormone in their system. These couples tend to be happier with one another and have less conflict in their marriage.

Cuddling Helps With Sleep

Because oxytocin has a calming effect on a person, and cuddling helps release more oxytocin into the bloodstream, couples who spend time cuddling or spooning not only fall asleep faster but also tend to have more restorative sleep. Just one more reason to cuddle up with your significant other.

Observing National Cuddle Up Day

The hardest part of observing this holiday is finding someone to cuddle with. Once you’ve found that special person—regardless of whether it’s your significant other, your pet, or a good friend—then all you have to do is cuddle with them. After you finish cuddling, be sure to use the hashtag #NationalCuddleDay and let everyone know how you’re celebrating this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2024)
January 6 Saturday
Next year (2025)
January 6 Monday
Last year (2023)
January 6 Friday
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