Do You Ever Find That You're Just Casually Holding Your Own Boob?

…are you doing it rn?
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It happened on a Thursday night. I was lying in bed watching my 12th consecutive episode of Schitt’s Creek when I felt a hand, a familiar hand, cupping my left boob. ’Twas my own hand. Ah yes, ye olde self-breast cuddle.

I mentioned it on my Insta Stories (I am but a humble servant to shameless TMI), and the internet basically said, “Same.” One person wrote that the hand-to-boob position made her feel as cozy as a squirrel with its paws on its chest. Aw. Another told me she holds hers because “they’re warm and squishy and nice.”

A majority of the Cosmo Twitter followers I then decided to survey, because clearly I was onto something, agreed that they, too, have found themselves randomly feeling themselves up.

Yes to the warm and squishy and nice thing, but allow me to get technical for a second (yes, I researched it): When hand meets boob, it stimulates nerves that trigger the brain’s pituitary gland to release oxytocin, a feel-good hormone associated with snuggling and such, clinical psychologist Meghan Jablonski, PhD, told me. It’s the level of relaxation and comfort associated with, say, a fat glass of wine and an even fatter lapdog.

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Okay, but it still seems weird that our digits are naturally drawn to our breasts? Not so, says body-­language expert Blanca Cobb. First and most obviously, boobs are easily accessible to our hands. And when we’re relaxed, our fingers and palms are slightly curved. Which means: A relaxed hand = a perfect boob nest. Our chest is also where we hold a lot of stress, says Cobb. Spooning the ornaments located in this feels-packed area helps us settle in and let that shit go. We’re literally…getting things off our chests. Heh.

So basically, boob holding is a magnificent, stress-fighting superpower. Squeeze away. No one’s judging.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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