We’ve forgotten how to communicate through touch. Sure, we give others an occasional hug and a kiss on the cheek, but new technology has affected how we relate to people. We’re under the impression that we’re more connected to each other but it’s not true: a screen will never be able to replace a touch on the hand or a pat on the back. This is worrisome since touch is the first sense we used to communicate and it’s the one we lack to do better today.
We knows that physical contact is crucial for our well-being so we want to give you some reasons why you should start practicing it today.
1. Touch is part of how humans were made to communicate.
Touch is intrinsically part of the way humans are designed to communicate. It’s the first sense we use to do so and it can be considered our first real language. Just ask any mom how sometimes touching her pregnant belly could encourage kicks from her baby.
The idea that nonverbal communication, such as posture and looks, is essential for understanding each other is not new. However, only recently has a study proven that we can interpret emotions from other kinds of nonverbal communication like touch. We’re born knowing how to “speak touch” and using this language not only lets you express more than one emotion at a time, like gratitude, pride, and satisfaction; but touching another person also makes their message more clear.
2. It’s crucial for a healthy relationship to thrive.
Using touch in a relationship is vital to communicate emotions to foster a connection, satisfaction, happiness, and a sense of safety and belonging. The bond can become so strong that scientists have found that couples only need to hold hands to synchronize their brain waves, heartbeats, breathing, and the easing of pain.
Furthermore, touch is so powerful that it can induce biological effects on your partner. It causes the brain to release oxytocin, also known as the hormone of love, which is a substance that makes you feel happy, satisfied, and in love.