Embracing National Cuddle Day: Nurturing Connection and Well-Being – Upspoken

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Embracing National Cuddle Day: Nurturing Connection and Well-Being


National Cuddle Day has arrived, and we’re embracing it.


National Cuddle Day encourages us to seek and embrace moments of comfort. And if you’re like many of us and trying to snuggle up in your cozy-girl-era, this day is a great reminder to try to incorporate more cuddling into your life.

Cuddling can serve as a powerful tool for fostering intimacy, understanding and support within relationships. It has been linked to the release of oxytocin, also referred to as the “feel-good hormone.” This natural chemical promotes feelings of trust, reduces stress and contributes to an overall sense of well-being. For Black individuals who may face disproportionate levels of stress, the therapeutic effects of cuddling can offer a welcomed respite.

In a society where self-care is a revolutionary act for the Black community, allowing ourselves the vulnerability and tenderness of cuddling becomes an empowering choice. Creating spaces for this form of intimacy reinforces the importance of prioritizing mental health and self-love. We hope you take today (and many more days) to pause, have moments of reprieve and prioritize human connection. 

Happy National Cuddle Day to all, as we embark on a year filled with connection, comfort and a renewed commitment to our collective well-being.