The “Love Hormone”
Cuddling is an effective way to fight off feelings of depression, research shows, because when you cuddle, your brain releases oxytocin - the “love hormone” associated with physical contact. Oxytocin plays a huge role during childbirth, breastfeeding and the bonding process between mom and baby. Now we know it can help tackle the blues too. And it doesn’t matter if you cuddle with your spouse, your kids, or even your pet.