— Barbara Bassett (@comforting4all) August 18, 2016
Here’s a collection of recent videos, websites and other info on the new trend of comforting, platonic touch, even between strangers. Read below to find out about cuddle parties, professional cuddling, and even a new cuddle app! I’m so glad all this is happening. The world will be better (and calmer) for it.
♦ The Official Cuddle Party Website: www.cuddleparty.com
♦ Map of cuddle party Meetup groups worldwide (Please note: Despite the “related topics” listed below the map, cuddle parties are indeed non-sexual!)
♦ Below: Trailer for “Cuddle,” a new documentary to be released in December 2015. www.thecuddlemovie.com
♦ “Why Hundreds of Utahns are Cuddling–Nonsexually–with Strangers.” The Salt Lake Tribune, August 12, 2015
♦ “Fighting Loneliness with Cuddle Parties,” The Atlantic, July 15, 2014. (A good overview of cuddle parties, including their history, philosophy and social and health benefits.)
♦ Below: “Inside the World of the Cuddle Party,” The Morning Show (Canada) with Liem Vu, May 31, 2014
♦ Below: “The Fine Art of Cuddling,” CBS Sunday Morning with Mo Rocca, Feb. 9, 2014
♦ Website for “Cuddle Up To Me,” the cuddling business in Portland, OR profiled on the CBS Sunday Morning video above.
♦ “Would You Pay a Stranger to Cuddle with You?” U.S News and World Report, July 30, 2012. An earlier but very good review.
♦ The Dec. 2015-Jan. 2016 issue of AARP Magazine-yes, that AARP!–featured an article, “The Power of Touch,” which includes information about Cuddle Parties! Talk about going mainstream.
Originally called “Cuddlr,” this app was controversial for safety reasons (the premise was generally applauded) when it first came out in September 2014. It has since changed hands and was reissued as Spoonr in October 2015. Since then another cuddle app, Cuddle Comfort (https://www.cuddlecomfort.com) has also appeared on the scene.
Just an ordinary city scene–with a brief glimpse of the great Comforting Heart of the cosmos.
This looks like Mama Meerkat comforting a youngster (although I suppose it could be Grandpa propping himself up). It’s always nice to see affectionate touch, even between small desert mammals–BB
I’m going to start posting links to pictures that show “non-traditional” holding–that is, other than between mother and child or romantic partners. Here’s the first: