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Cuffing Season is the period of time between fall and dead of winter, when men and women start looking for someone they can spend those long, frigid months with. The Sole purpose of staying warm in the winter with that significant other.

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Does it actually affect your long term physical and psychological health? So far, there are no studies that investigate cuffing season specifically, but there is enough research that can explain why it’s such a phenomenon now.

Coupling up seems more appealing during darker months, a time when people are typically more depressed. Psychologically, we are…primed to seek mates in the winter,” per psychiatrist interview from the Medical Daily. “We also associate the winter holidays (Thanksgiving and Christmas) with family and partners, so we feel particularly lonely then, on top of our evolutionary drive to seek connection in the winter.”

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“For many people, the holidays conjure up feelings of loneliness, strengthening our desire for companionship. We want someone to be by our side at family dinners or at holiday parties. Someone to snuggle and watch Netflix with and sleep in with on the weekends.”

While cuffing season sounds harmless in theory, mistaking a cutty buddy for an actual long-term mate could lead to a broken heart. “We’ve all done it, but it never ends well—either someone gets hurt, or the relationship ends up being so subpar that it’s a waste of energy.

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Some better ideas would be to plan a girls’ or a boys’ trip, join a book club, read those books you’ve been meaning to get to, work on spiritual and emotional development, and stay open to whatever possibilities may come your way.”

Be careful and forewarned out there. Protect your heart, mind, body and soul!