(CNN)The US is finally catching up to an adorable, stress-reducing, endorphine-releasing, magical practice that's been gaining popularity across Europe in recent years: cow cuddling.
This bed and breakfast's 'cow cuddling' option may be exactly what we all need in life
"To be honest, we did not know that it was so unknown in the US," says Suzanne Vullers, a Netherlands native who added cows to her bed and breakfast last year after a trip back home.
Vullers and her husband run the Mountain Horse Farm, a luxurious 33-acre retreat in upstate New York. Animals are a big part of the lodging experience.
"In today's world, where a lot of communication seems to be through screens, I think people are missing a real connection to being outside in nature," Vullers said.
And they help rekindle that connection through their horses Cricket, Noa, Jaxon, Stetson, Suzie Q and Missy, and their cows Bonnie and Bella. They call it the "Horse & Cow experience."
"A lot of people are familiar with therapy dogs or cats ... people don't associate this with larger animals, like cows," she says.
The farm had been offering wellness sessions with horses since 2010, when it first opened, but during her visit to the Netherlands, Vullers said she began hearing about the health benefits and stress relief that came with cuddling cows.
"Cows have this wonderful quality that when they are processing their food they like to lay down," she said. "They become really quiet, and it's a beautiful opportunity to connect with them."
If you can't help but move during each attempt at meditation, Vullers says this could be your alternative.