Times sure are tough, and with a rough economy, more and more people are coming up with ingenious methods of making money.
This is a classic example in point.
In June this year, Jacqueline Samuel’s launched her own business, “The Snuggery”, which provides cuddles for strangers.
“There are different kinds of cuddling positions, but I typically always start out spooning and I am pretty small, so usually I’m the little spoon,” Samuel explains.
Samuel, who runs her business out of her upstate cottage, says cuddles are so in demand that she has hired a second snuggler .
“I think a lot of people don’t have someone in their life that they can receive comforting touch from on a regular basis,” Samuel told Metro.
Male and female customers, who so far have ranged in age from 21 to 84, can also fork over $50 for a 45-minute session and $90 for a 90-minute session.
But don’t be getting the wrong idea that you get more than just a cuddle for your money– the 29-year-old said these are strictly non-sexual sessions.
“I actually have very straightforward policies about where is okay to touch and where is not okay to touch,” Samuel told CBS 2.
As a FYI, regular human touch has been proven to release the hormone oxytocin, which boosts people’s happiness.
“There is an increase in your immune system, your ability to fight infection, and decrease inflammation,” Dr. Asma Sadiq of Beth Israel Medical Center told CBS2.
So maybe Samuel’s business idea isn’t as crazy as it initially seems…