Hugs and kisses: The health impact of affective touch

From article by Maria Cohut in Medical News Today:

“There are a number of good reasons that touching, hugging, and kissing the people we love feels comforting and reassuring.”

“When we touch, hug, or kiss a friend or partner, that gesture is loaded with meaning.

We seek affection, try to establish a connection, or attempt to communicate a need.

Various cultures use touch in various ways to display tenderness or respect, and other non-human primates use it to create a connection and establish social hierarchies.

Recently, however, some experts have expressed concern that Western societies are experiencing a moment of crisis, as physical touch becomes more strictly regulated and we are less and less likely to engage in social acts such as hugging. …”

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