It’s cold out. The kind of cold where things like #polarvortex trend on Twitter for days on end and people throw boiling water into the air, hoping it’ll turn into snow. At the end of a winter day, all I want to do is have spent said day cuddling and watching 30 Rock on Netflix. I LOVE cuddling, and my love for it is even stronger in the cold months. To celebrate, here are 10 reasons why cuddling is the best.

1. The positions are endless.
Face-to-face, back-to-back (great for summer nights), spooning, little spoon on the outside (big spoons need love, too), banana-ing (what I call it when you’re spooning on more of a curve rather than bending your knees). You’ve got options, and you can always change things up mid-cuddle.

2. It’s even better with pets.
Cuddling is that much more cozy when you have a furry friend at your feet, or curled up next to you in the middle of the action. They get to be on the bed without being yelled at! And they get extra pets! A post-cuddle fest pet is a happy pet. And if you have kids, I’m sure cuddling with your little ones can be a delight.

3. All the names we call it are amazing!
If you think calling it “cuddling” is too cutesey, you’re in luck, because there are plenty of other names to choose from: snuggling, canoodling, spooning, half-spooning. The list goes on, and it gets specific. You should definitely invent some of your own. I call this one the Sorry for Cuddling: semi-detached spooning because I’m trying to get my hair out of your face. (I’m really great at it.)

4. It warms you up on a cold day.
I don’t know where you live, but winter is in full swing in New York. Sometimes, it feels like winter is also in full swing in my apartment. After a day of extra scarves, rough hands and a cold nose, nothing is better than curling up under a blanket with my guy. Except maybe some soup. Oh, to do both at once.

5. It’s good for you.
According to this article, the health benefits of cuddling are essentially on par with those of eating spinach. Cuddling will reduce your risk of heart disease, lower your blood pressure and boost your memory, among other things. Not to mention how good it makes you feel. Hey, you can’t argue with science.

6. It just SOUNDS cute.
I dare you to tell me otherwise.

7. It’s like taking a mini-nap… but better.
Much like a nap, cuddling is a time to relax, unwind and shut your brain off. But it doesn’t come with the groggy wakeup (unless, of course, you fall asleep). When you cuddle with someone, you’re enjoying the same benefits of napping, but you’re conscious enough to enjoy it. Consider that the next time you want to rest your eyes, but don’t want to totally disappear for the rest of the afternoon.

8. There are warm blankets involved!
Yesterday, I stood in front of the microwave and heated up spaghetti wearing some kind of blanket toga. When it’s cold outside, regular actions around the house tend to involve more blankets. Cuddling is at the top of this list, because when you’re cuddling inside a blanket fort, the fuzziness adds to your already warm and fuzzy feelings. Even if you’re cuddling in the warmer months, there’s something nice about doing it under a blanket.

9. It’s a nice way to make up after an argument.
For the most part, it’s hard to stay mad at someone if you’re nestled comfortably into the crook of their arm. Plus, you know what they say: spooning leads to forking.

10. You get some quality time with someone you love.
Or, you know, someone you just like. But like enough to cuddle with. You’re building physical and emotional bonds here! And all you have to do is lie there!

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