The Case for Plushies
There are plenty of reasons to continue loving plushies well into adulthood. For one, they're incredibly soothing and can help reduce stress levels. Studies have shown that hugging a stuffed animal can decrease cortisol levels and increase oxytocin production, both of which are important for reducing stress. In fact, research has even shown that people who slept with a stuffed animal had lower blood pressure and heart rates than those who didn't.
Plushies can also provide comfort in times of grief or loneliness. In a 2006 study, researchers found that people who held a stuffed animal while watching a sad movie felt less sadness and isolation than those who didn't have a stuffed animal to cuddle. The theory is that the physical act of hugging something provides comfort and makes us feel less alone.
Even more research cements the fact that plushies and stuffed animals have benefits for children and adults alike.
Finally, plushies can be a fun way to decorate your home and add some personality to your space. They can also be collector's items, like this Eevee plushie that is being sold for almost $5000 at auction. Clearly, there's more to plushies than meets the eye.
So, is it possible to be too old for plushies? We say no way José!
Plushies provide comfort, relieve stress, and can even be collector's items. So go ahead and snuggle up with your favorite stuffed animal—we won't judge.
In fact we want to help! Feel free to browse our extensive collection of stuffed animals and plushies over on our site to find your perfect companion.