Dr. James Lynch, professor at Baltimore's University of Maryland School of Medicine, conducted extensive research on the impact of touch upon the body. Dr. Lynch says, "Physical contact had very dramatic effects upon psychological health. It lowers blood pressure and relaxes you." Other experts agree. Research by Dr. Stephen Thayer, professor of psychology at the City University of New York, shows patients who have physical contact tend to have less anxiety and tension in their everyday lives.
The fields of science and psychology are telling us something we innately know. Touching is good for you. I am big hugger and love to be hugged. Some individuals have issues with being touched. I suggest these individuals at least get a pet they can touch and who touches them. Touching creates comfort and soothes us.
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