Physical Touch

The amazing benefits and why it is so important, get hugging people!


4/27/20241 min read

Did you know there are SO MANY amazing benefits to connecting physically with a loved one?

Physical touch as been shown to:

  • Reduces stress: Touch triggers the release of oxytocin (the “love hormone” or “cuddle Chemical”), helping reduce stress and promote relaxation

  • Boosts immunity: Studies have shown that regular physical touch can strengthen the immune system, leading to better overall health

  • Improves Mood: Touch increases the production of serotonin and dopamine neurotransmitters associated with feelings of happiness and well-being

  • Enhances bonding: Physical touch fosters feelings of connection and intimacy, strengthing relationships

  • Reduces pain: Gentle touch has been found to reduce the perception of pain by blocking pain signals to the brain and releasing endorphins, natural painkillers.

  • Increases empathy: Physical touch can enhance empathy and compassion by helping individuals feel more connected to others and understand their emotions better.

  • Lowers blood pressure: Research suggests that regular physical touch, such a s hugs, can lower blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart disease and other cardiovascular conditions

  • Improves sleep: Gentle touch stimulates the release of melatonin, a hormone that regulates sleep, leading to better sleep quality and duration.

  • Promotes healing: Touch can accelerate the healing process by improving circulation, reducing inflammation, and promoting relaxation, which is crucial for recovery

  • Enhances communication: Touch can convey a wide range of emotions and messages, often more effectively than words alone, improving communication and understanding between individuals

Obviously it is always important to seek out consent before you start hugging people, but the list speaks for itself! Physical touch is important.