A cuddle can refer to a long hug. It is similar to a hug in the sense that both include wrapping one’s arms around another and holding them close to their body. However, while hug usually lasts only a few seconds, a cuddle can last for minutes or even hours.
Secondly, while a hug can be standing or sitting, cuddling is usually done while lying down or sitting down comfortably. This is mainly due to the reason that a cuddle can last for hours if needed.
Cuddling is a form of physical intimacy, that usually includes affectionate and intimacy. Hence, it is usually done among lovers, family members or close friends. However, a recent trend is to cuddle with strangers. A person can go to a cuddle party and cuddle with strangers or even hire a professional cuddler to cuddle with.
Cuddling has many benefits other than physical intimacy. It releases oxytocin in the body, which can have multitude of benefits. Cuddling has been believed to lower blood pressure, lift serotonin levels, balance the nervous system and strengthen the immune system.