Unfortunately, by the end of January, we have usually broken our New Year’s resolutions. Not this year! We made one resolution we are keeping and saving money at the same time.
We resolved to snuggle regularly with each other for a savings of $80 an hour!
If we snuggle for the whole night we can save up to $400. At least, that’s what a professional snuggler would charge for this service!
Honest? Yes, honest.
A recent article in the Wall Street Journal describes this new up and coming professional service. The “snuggler-for-hire” business is now available in 16 states, but fortunately, we don’t need it – we have each other.
1. It’s fun.
2. It feels good.
3. It is good for our physical health.
4. It is good for our emotional health.
Cuddling increases the levels of oxytocin, which is a bonding hormone and gives us those warm feelings. Also cuddling can lower your heart rate and reduce stress. Best of all, it’s good for your marriage.
For years at our seminars we have promoted the 10-second-kiss and now we’re adding the 20-second hug.
Why 20 seconds? When you hug for 20 seconds, you will begin to feel your bodies begin to relax, so keep hugging until this happens.
Taking time to touch in tender ways helps us feel more connected and experience more oneness in our marriage. It’s biblical. In Genesis 2:24, we find three foundational principles for our marriage. “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife, and they shall be one flesh.” Think about this. God is the one who created the sexual relationship and put the desire to love and be loved by our spouse deep within our hearts. Hugs, kisses, and great sex are all a part of His wonderful plan to be experienced within the backdrop of a loving Christian marriage.
So the benefits of cuddles and hugs may seem to some like a new discovery, but this wisdom has actually been around since the beginning of time.
In a recent survey of people who are 100 or older, one participant gave this wise adage, “The key to a long life is to eat dark chocolate and give lots of hugs.”
We’ll take this wise advice and add some dark chocolate to our hugs!
One way to experience more hugs and cuddles is by giving them to those you love. Who can you hug today? Your spouse? Your children? Your mom?
Take the time today to let those who are so precious to you know how much you love and cherish them. Give them a hug.
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:8a
By David & Claudia Arp
Parents of 3, Grandparents of 10
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