Whether it’s before, after, or during sex, or even instead of sex, I love cuddling. One of the ways that I realized that I was gay was the steong desire to be held by another man. There’s just something about being lovingly held in a man’s arms that is pure bliss. I love to cuddle.
The science behind cuddling’s appeal all comes down to one word: hormones. A good cuddle, hug or loving physical interaction with another person (including sex) releases a trio of feel-good substances in your brain: 1) oxytocin, the chemical responsible for happiness; 2) endorphins, the chemicals released after a really tough workout or when you eat chocolate; and 3) dopamine, the hormone that regulates the pleasure centers in your nervous system and helps reduce blood pressure.
So let’s release those hormones, and cuddle more.