Cuddles and Love
I just love to cuddle my son. He is getting older now, and I have to ask very nice (pretty please?) or hold on tighter until he asks ‘finished yet?’ or ‘why it takes so much time?’ but oh well. I just love to cuddle my son, or as I say, give him ‘cuddles and love’.
But did you know that cuddles or hugs actually do have a significant impact on our bodies? When we hug our children (or significant others!) we release a hormone called Oxytocin, a ‘feel-good’ hormone of sorts. It’s actually the same hormones mothers release when breastfeeding their baby and it helps mummy and baby to bond (as well as the milk to flow more easily)!
So, what else does oxytocin do?
- Helps boost the immune system!
- Decreases pain levels!
- Reduces blood pressure
- Inspires positive thinking
- Reduces stress and helps you sleep better (your new-born might not co-operate with that one!)
There is really only one conclusion I can take from this: LETS GET CUDDLING OUR BABIES!