In the turbulent and stressful year of 2020, people are looking for calm wherever they can be found – from frolicking in the fields to adopting plants. But now there is another natural way to restore your cortisol levels: cuddling.
People in many parts of the world have begun to embrace the suspected wellness trend, which is said to have originated in the Netherlands, where it is known as “koe knuffelen.”
According to the BBC, the practice of cuddling cows should reduce stress in humans by releasing the bonding hormone oxytocin.
Cattle were specifically selected for their warm body temperature and calm demeanor, the outlet reported.
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“Cows are very relaxed animals, they do not fight, they do not get into trouble,” said a farm owner who promotes training on the BBC. “You go to the farm and we have special cow hugs and you can lie down next to each other [them] – People think it’s relaxing. “
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Farms in the United States and Switzerland have also adopted a wellness fad, which, according to a 2007 study in the journal Applied Animal Behavior Science, also benefits cattle.
Researchers have found that when animals are rubbed, massaged or cared for, they also experience relaxation and pleasure.
“This suggests that cattle may have a slight sense of human touch in body regions that are often licked as socially licking,” the researchers wrote in their study.
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Although, if you are not near a farm, petting smaller domestic animals has also been shown to reduce blood pressure in humans and provide relaxation effects.