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Hugs and Warm Touches Benefit Health and Well-Being – Physical contact, ranging from romantic partners to pets, is beneficial

Allen R McConnell Ph.D., ’Hugs and Warm Touches Benefit Health and Well-Being – Physical contact, ranging from romantic partners to pets, is beneficial’ https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-social-self/201608/hugs-and-warm-touches-benefit-health-and-well-being, Psychology Today (Aug 16, 2016).

Positive consequences

The scientific literature on the power of touch is relatively nascent, and is now just beginning to document the underlying processes that explain why physical contact can be a powerful, positive force in people’s lives. (…) Interpersonal touch has (…) positive consequences: For example, greater positive touch improves romantic relationships, strengthens friendship bonds, triggers more positive emotions, and encourages people to be more responsive to others’ needs. (…) Meaningful interpersonal contact is important for our happiness, health, and social engagement.

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