Does being naked make you happier?

Studies are starting to tell us, “yes, but…” It seems that while taking off your clothes may not increase your happiness directly, it does help indirectly. How?

According to a recent study by Goldsmiths, University of London, researchers found that being naked can have a positive impact on our mental health.  Specifically, the study found that nudists often experienced immediate and significant improvements in body-image, self-esteem and life satisfaction when they got naked.

“What we found was a very good correlation, that generally, if you did these activities, the longer you did them and the more frequently you did them, the happier you were about all of these things,” explains study author Keon West, Ph.D., in a video produced by the university.

One participant shares that seeing other people with “normal, not perfect” bodies helped ease the insecurities they felt toward their own. As a naturist, I’ve found this to be very true in all the times that I’ve been nude with others.

How about you? Do you feel happier about your body when you are naked with others?

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Sleeping Naked (Part 2)

A short time ago, I posted about sleeping naked. I’ve been a naked sleeper for a good amount of time. On some rare occasions you’ll find me in a pair of boxers and/or t-shirt, and on rarer occasions in long pants and a thermal. For the most part, I enjoy the sleeping naked lifestyle, and I’ve just finished reviewing some articles that share that it also has health benefits!

In a recent Men’s Fitness article, 5 Benefits of Sleeping Naked, the author shares that sleeping naked can boost your love life, help you get better sleep, burn more calories, and lower one’s blood pressure. One interest fact, for men at least, is that sleeping naked helps produce healthier sperm by up to 25%!

Women readers might also learn that sleeping naked is good for them as well. Cosmopolitan published an article titled 8 Reasons You Should Sleep Naked.  Women will sleep better when naked, their skin and hair will be better and they will have a healthier vagina!

Lifehack also put together 10 reasons why people who sleep naked are healthier. While there are many similar reasons to the above two articles included, it highlights a key point about nudity that I’ve long believe. When you are exposed to your body this will improves self-esteem and acceptance of you, and your body.

For me, this has been one of the most impactful realities of being a nudist. I’m comfortable with my body more so today than I ever have been. In part, my being naked when I sleep, and while I’m awake reminds me of my body. It’s not perfect, it’s a work in progress, but I’m comfortable with it and I accept it for being mine.

So my recommendation to you is try it. It can be done in the privacy of your own home, it can be done without judgment and it can be done with the lights off! If you need a guide, WikiHow has a great article on how you can Sleep Naked.

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Uncovering Nudism

KERA’s Think recently did a story called “Uncovering Nudism in America” featuring author Brian Hoffman. Brian was on the program to promote his book “Naked: A Cultural History of American Nudism.” This is a podcast, and as of this post there was no transcript.

The main focus of the story is about how nudism came about to the United States. The conversation is actually very interesting and provides a really good overview of how nudism arrived, and then subsequently changed over the years in the U.S. It was weird to hear about how nudist camps (as they were called) were segregated, and the rationale for limiting access to camps to single men.

What I found most surprising was that the publication of “The Nudist” took on the early legal fight for allowing nudist magazines to be sold, and how they were responsible (through court decisions) for the availability of pornographic magazines (or “nudies”). Ironically, the speaker notes, that the upsurge in popularity of pornographic magazines, ultimately led to the decline of The Nudist.

Another benefit of the early magazines were how they were used by gay men. By publishing the magazine, the public now had access to stories and – more importantly – imagery of naked people; both men and women. The speaker shares how this provided opportunities for gay men (and lesbians to a lesser degree) to connect with each other through the placements of ads in the magazines.

Finally, I heard a distinction between the term “nudist” and “naturist” that surprised me (a little). The speaker shares that a nudist is the purer category and focuses on the lifestyle without any reference to sex (i.e. sexual activity should play no part in the lifestyle of the nudist). He goes on to say that the naturist recognizes that sexuality is a component of a nudist’s life, and can’t be excluded. While he was not saying that naturists permit sexual activity when socializing with other naturists, but that it was recognized that sex happens and is appropriate for nudists (in the appropriate setting).

This is definitely worth a listen (approx. 43 minutes) and I’d be interested in others views on this podcast.

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