Touch Me: The Importance of Physical Contact
No matter what our love language is, we all like to be touched. By our partner that is. Not random strangers (don't be a creeper). Some people like to be touched more than others...and most more often than others. But when it comes down to it, we all like to be touched. It's human nature.
No really. It is. According to research-yep-RESEARCH, fleeting forms of touch may have a powerful impact on our emotional and social functioning. It has actual factual health benefits.
Psychologically, we feel wanted, loved, adored, even more attractive-when we make physical contact with someone we care about. Now, don't get me wrong...the touch doesn't have to come from a lover...you can get the same feeling of affection and togetherness from your 3 year old child hugging you or hanging on your leg-but today it's all about couples.
That being said, get your mind out of the gutter. This...touch...that changes how you feel about yourself, changes your whole mood...your entire day...can be, fleeting. That means the mere caress, the slightest (intentional) touch, can brighten your world. Which is why you. Any notice your partner seeming pouty or even a little cranky if you enter a room and don't acknowledge them at all physically. They may not even know it, but they're expecting-and anticipating- your touch. It's something they may have been looking forward to all day, subconsciously or consciously. It makes everything better, makes whatever has happened that day prior to them telling you about it...ok and out of their mind.
According to an article in the Huffington Post, the loving feeling you get from a hug could even have reparative, anti-aging benefits. Oxytocin people! Oxytocin will set you free...and kill that bad mood that's looming.
So, to sum it up, make sure to make physical contact with your partner...whether it's a hug, a caress...a butt grab...or an Eskimo kiss..just do it. Watch the mood change , the energy shift, and the affection rear its sexy little head.
Physical contact and affection are important ingredients in the glue that keeps us connected. If it's not something you notice you do...or don't do...
Until next time my touchy feelies...
Peace, love and oxytocin for all.