Eve Hermann, Chattanooga, Tenn.,

Once in a blue moon the higher ups at the Echo will grant me permission to write something silly. However last night was the lunar eclipse, so let’s just say, things are getting a little extra silly.

There are very few things I take seriously: cuddling is one of those things. You can feel free to judge me all you want, but finding a cuddle partner has become a top priorities for many people I have encountered (how shady does that sound?). What can I say? I am inspired by everyone’s loneliness and we at the Echo really care about your health and fall in general this week.

When we cuddle a number of ‘feel-good’ hormones, such as serotonin, dopamine and the ultimate “love hormone” oxytocin are released. These hormones have a cool way of making us feel invincible, because they stimulate our parasympathetic ner.vous systems.

Studies also find cuddling and frequent hugs lower your blood pressure and heart rate. Considering one in five young adults have high blood pressure, I think it’s safe to say your life almost depends on this level of personal interaction.

Hormonal stuff aside, cuddling is also an avenue to a stronger bond with you significant other. “Non-verbal communication can be a very powerful way to say to your partner, ‘I get you,’” marriage and family therapist David Klow told Shape magazine. “Cuddling is a way of saying, ‘I know how you feel.’”

Cold weather has a way bringing people together. Maybe because from a survival standpoint humans had to rely on each oth.er and mammoth hides to survive during the winter. Obviously we are well beyond the days of the ice age and mammoth hides, but I like to think this survival mentality still applies even though we have houses with heat. You probably already knew that though.

I like to imagine every UTC student is go.ing to start scrambling around trying to find a cuddle partner. Lucky for you I understand the struggle of finding a cuddle parter; a four-list is coming your way soon dear readers (mom).

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