(Last Updated On: February 12, 2022)

The Science Behind Cuddling

You may have heard about the health benefits of cuddling; but do you know why? Science shows us connections can increase oxytocin production. Oxytocin is a hormone produced in the hypothalamus and then secreted into the bloodstream by the pituitary gland.

So what does oxytocin do? According to Harvard University, oxytocin can be thought of as the “love hormone.” Here’s what you need to to know about oxytocin. Oxytocin helps reduce stress, ease pain and bond with loved ones. These same benefits can also reduce stress on your heart, increase your immune system, can improve your sleep, and give you a greater sense of well-being.

Men, did you know that hugging and cuddling can also increase your testosterone?


No one to cuddle? Evidence shows that snuggling up with your pet can offer similar health benefits!

Here’s a Valentine’s Day Recipe for Berry Shortcake Cupcakes that will earn you cuddles all the way around!

Berry Shortcake Cupcakes

We want to give credit where credit is due! Recipe adapted from Danielle Walker (AgainstAllGrain.com)

  • 2½ cups blanched almond flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅔ cup local honey
  • ⅓ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ cup finely chopped berries, if you are looking for a pink color, we suggest using red berries!


  • 2 egg whites, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup local honey
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1½ tablespoons berry preserves (freshly pureed berries will work great, too!)


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Line a standard muffin tin with baking cups or use coconut oil spray.
  3. Combine the honey, coconut oil, eggs, lemon juice, vanilla, and lemon zest in the jar of a blender. Puree on medium speed for 20 seconds or until frothy and smooth.
  4. Add the dry ingredients and blend on high for 30-45 seconds. The batter should be very smooth and contain no lumps. If needed, scrape down the sides with a spatula and blend again for a few seconds until all of the dry mixture is incorporated.
  5. Gently fold the chopped strawberries in by hand. Divide the batter evenly, filling each muffin ¾ of the way full.
  6. Bake for 16-17 minutes, until a toothpick can be inserted into the middle and comes out clean.
  7. Let the cupcakes cool completely on the counter before frosting.

Have a loving Valentine’s Day!

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