Our senses of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch are all essential as they help us perceive and understand the world around us. But, the sense of touch is special in its own way. It’s powerful.
Physical touch is an important ingredient of genuine intimacy. It helps us communicate our feelings and connect with others. It gives us a sense of belonging and a sense of security. And undoubtedly, it has a positive effect on our psyche.
Here’s why you need to experience physical touch every day:
1. Physical touch helps you connect with other people.
We have all felt the butterflies in the stomach when touched by our partner or the feelings of anxiety when touched by a stranger.
The reason for this is that touch has the power to elicit strong emotions. It has the power to provoke both positive and negative emotions, such as happiness, excitement, satisfaction, anxiety, confusion, and even fear.
2. Physical touch helps you communicate your feelings and thoughts.
We usually use words to express our emotions and opinions but touch can convey messages and show others how we feel too.
This is especially true when we use language to refer to something other than its expected meaning, like when we tell jokes, make sexual innuendos, or exaggerate things.
3. Physical touch is a powerful way to send and receive positive energy.
Touch can transmit whatever you feel to other people. For example, when your touch transmits happiness or affection, you send the person you touch positive energy. And another person can brighten your day, too, when they hug you and send you affection.
4. Physical touch is an effective way to get what you need.
Have you ever noticed that touching someone on the shoulder or hand while talking to them causes them to pay more attention to your words or even agree with what you say?
Well, touch has the power to do this. It can convince others to do something that you really need and/or want them to do.
5. Physical touch has a healing effect.
When you’re feeling upset, stressed out, hurt, or afraid, it truly helps being hugged by the people that you love and that mean to you, right?
Well, you might find this hard to believe, but touch has the power to heal your wounds. For centuries, touch has been incorporated into different healing methods, such as massage, acupressure, chiropractic practice, and etc.
Psychologists and therapists use touch to help people who have a suicidal crisis, to guide couples during sex therapy, or to help people that have experienced emotional or physical abuse.
6. Physical touch offers you a sense of intimacy.
Touch is a very effective way to make a relationship deeper and more exciting. It’s a powerful way to show your partner your feelings for them.
You can also feel how loved you are by your significant other when they gently touch you on the hand, hug you, or kiss you and make you sense their heartbeats.