5 Important Facts About Touch

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Touch is so important in part because it’s the very first language we learn! Long before words, we are touched and held as infants. We learn a lot about our world by that early and ongoing contact.

Facts About Touch

  1. Research demonstrates that children who receive plenty of physical affection show less aggression as adults.
  2. People can communicate emotion with touch. This holds true for friends and strangers. In one study, two strangers, separated by a physical barrier, were asked to convey certain emotions with only one second of touching. The correct emotion was identified the majority of the time.
  3. Touch, even if brief, from the right person at the right time, can be remarkably soothing. Studies show it can help reduce blood pressure and reduce the presence of stress hormones.
  4. Touch, affectionately delivered, causes oxytocin to be released which helps people feel connected, and loved. Even a 20 second hug or back rub can be effective.
  5. Touch can communicate compassion even better than words. Sometimes, when you just don’t know what to say…try a hug or a gentle, intentional moment of physical contact.

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