The Benefit of Touch
The Need to Be Touched
Touch is one of the six senses that the majority of the human race possess, and one that is crucial to the human psyche. As a whole, Humans are affectionate and display touch on a regular bases. But as humans evolve and the world changes, we change. Now society and social acceptances determine our abilities to give and accept touch. Research has shown that human interaction through touch is an important component in growth and development as well as has an effect on our overall health and day to day mood.
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A look inside the Human Beings Need for Physical Contact
By nature, humans are socially interactive beings. But as generation’s progress, some countries and nationalities, show little if any physical interaction. A hand shake, a hug, a nudge or a kiss are each part of many human’s day to day actions and interactions with one another, are often limited or prevalent to us determined by how we were raised as well as where we live. In Puerto Rico, people touch about 180 times during a sit down gathering, in France the amount of times people touched is dropped to 120, where as in America, the average number of times touch occurs is an appalling 2 times within a 60minute time frame. No wonder so much of the populations in America suffer from Depression and other Psychiatric Disorder’s, we don’t touch, and it is affecting our ability to effectively interact as well as think. Our parents as well as the world around us have taught us the limited touching method (particularly Sigmund Freud), and we have now continued to pass down our no touching methods to our children. Shame on us for not touching and showing more support and affection.
A mothers love and embrace can go a long way
The Healing Touch
Why do we need touch?
How and/or why does touch affect us each so dramatically?
Other than human communication, a simple touch can reduce anxiety and relieve stress. Take for example a crying child. A crying child will reach out for their mother to hold them. Not because a mothers arms can relieve the cause of the tears, but because the simple touch and embrace of a child’s mother provides protection, security, understanding, compassion and extends concern and love to the child.
Perhaps this is the truth behind a mother’s ability to heal with a kiss?
If you are struggling in your relationship, ask yourself, Have we touched lately?
A touch is a natural and effective way to decrease a person’s level of anxiety. When you notice another person appears overly anxious and you have no concern of them being a sociopath, reach out and offer a hug- you may just make their day and cure their nerves.
When a baby is born into this world, it is customary that the infant and the mother are given time to bond, within moments of the newborns arrival. Both mother and baby feel an instant bond the moment that they touch. Infants often become relaxed, and a mother’s pain is forgotten. This is a touch that is much needed in the growth and development of the mother child relationship. When marriage is interrupted by life and busy schedules overtake family togetherness time, take a moment or two each day to cuddle, to hug and show some love to one another. Without touch a relationship can lose its focus and lovers can quickly drift away from love. Revive the love within your relationships with a little touchy feely time. Your relationship will be closer and longer lasting than a touchless affair.
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People with High Blood Pressure often find that getting a dog or finding a loving relationship can reduce their tension and stress and further reduce their blood pressure than those who take medication alone. After surgery, being touched (patted or a back rub or leg massage) has also shown to speed recovery times and keep people from relapsing into illness. If nothing else, reach out and touch someone and allow yourself to be touched, to ensure that you are doing all that you can for your health.
Although the world is full of optimistic and pessimistic beings, studies show a positive view of the world and of life is associated with how much touching we do. People who receive hugs and warm greetings feel more connected with the outside world, further connecting them to a more relaxing and optimistic life.
Touching means so much, it can assist us in communicating feelings and emotions; it can calm and even heal. Touch is a benefit that we all have available and should be taking advantage of as much as possible. If you feel alone, depressed, and isolated from the world, try accepting a hug to gain a new outlook on life.
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