Touch is such a fundamental part of our human existence. Ongoing studies on infants show how important regular, loving touch on brain development. The need for this does not end in childhood,
later life without physical contact with other people is a lonely life indeed.
The studies have shown how affectionate touch actually boosts the body’s levels of oxytocin, a hormone that influences bonding and attachment. In a loving relationship between two adult partners, physical intercourse can be a cornerstone of the relationship. But intercourse should not be the only method of physical intimacy in a relationship. Regular, affectionate touching, holding hands, hugging, or kissing is equally important.
We need to sensitive to what our partner likes. Although touching, holding hands, hugging, or kissing is a key part of a healthy relationship, it’s important to find out what your partner really likes. Your partner may not enjoy touching or inappropriate overtures at certain times and this can make him tense up and retreat.
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