Cuddle Buddies 101

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Cuddle Buddies 101
The concept of cuddle buddies isn't new but there is a right and wrong way to go about it.

Have people in a no strings attached relationship ended up falling for each other and taking it to the next step? Sure. Is it wise to come to this conclusion through such means? Probably not--it's too risky. If you've got real feelings for the person that wants to be cuddle buddies with you, save yourself future grief and turn down the offer.

Even if you think you'll be okay just having a physical connection with that person, your real feelings will resurface and you'll get hurt pretty badly if the other person doesn't feel the same way.

Rule #4: Don't Do Relationship Things Together

You're not in an actual relationship, remember? That means no texting "I miss you," "thinking of you" and definitely nothing with the "L word." No holding hands or cupcaking while in public, either.

That's where the "friends" in "friends with benefits" comes into play.

Rule #5: If Feelings Get Involved, End It ASAP

It sounds harsh but once feelings get thrown into the equation, it is nearly impossible to continue a purely no strings attached relationship. This rule should be one of the first ones discussed and agreed upon from the start. The minute you feel yourself starting to fall for the other person, not only do you need to let them know, the arrangement must come to an end.

The only exception is if the other person feels the same way. In this instance, it's time to start talking about the possibility of becoming an actual couple.

Think a friends with benefits relationship sounds pretty tough? That's because it is--which is why not everyone is cut out for it. And anyone that thinks they are needs to be 100% sure and committed to taking the steps necessary for the arrangement to work out successfully. Having a no strings attached situation isn't mandatory for anyone and each person has his/her own reasons for entering into one.

If you've never entertained the idea or felt the need to be a part of the cuddle buddies movement, more power to you. But if this seems like something worth looking into further, be warned that while friends with benefits can be a blast in the beginning, failing to follow the rules could lead to messy results and the possibility of losing that friend.

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