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
- Research demonstrates that children who receive plenty of physical affection show less aggression as adults.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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