In today’s podcast episode we discuss the power of touch. As discussed in an article from Psychology Today, scientific research now correlates physical touch with the following important areas:
- Decreased violence–less touch as a child leads to more violence as an adult.
- Greater trust between individuals–touch helps bond people together.
- Economic gain–touch signals safety and trust
- Decreased disease and stronger immune system–hugs strengthen the immune system
- Stronger team dynamics–hugs and handshakes initiate trust
- More non-sexual emotional intimacy–interpersonal touch has a powerful impact on our emotions.
- Greater learning engagement–when teachers touch students platonically, it encourages their learning.
- Overall wellbeing–adults require human touch to thrive.
A hug, a touch on the elbow, a friendly handshake can all go a long way!
This week’s challenge
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