Every touch to a loved one, even scratching, helps to release the hormone of joy; therefore, it prolongs life, say British experts quoted by the BBC.
If a person is distraught and you want to calm him down, you take him by the hand and thus, without thinking, you have a positive healing effect – you reduce his blood pressure and slow down the rhythm of the heart.
One section of 2 sq.cm skin has at least 50 nerve endings, and therefore, the nervous system first perceives the effect. Caress and light massage are able to reduce nervous excitability and even stop the pain.
In one recent study, 40 preterm infants were divided into two groups. The children in the first group were caressed for 45 minutes each day. After 10 days, weight gain was reported faster in the first group, although all children received the same amount of food.
Impression, hearing, and vision are critical to children, as they depend on their psychological development and social status.
Adults also need to meet all the needs of the “emotions organs.” So some scientists even recommend hugging your loved ones at least 4 times a day.
Even a touch on the shoulder or of the hands causes a sense of empathy and softens the “sensory hunger.” This affects not only the nervous system but also other systems in the body.
So, do not give up the pleasures! Do not forget to caress the children – especially on the head and on the back.
There is even a tactile way of studying the alphabet: Stick a piece of paper to the wall at shoulder height, give the child a pen, place it in front of the sheet, and type a letter of the alphabet with a finger. After that, name it and ask the child to write it on the sheet. This method is particularly beneficial for children who hardly remember the letters.
Handling, shoulder patting, hugging during a meeting, finger knocking on the table, combing hair, gentle browsing on the forehead and temples – all these are ways to quench the “sensational hunger.” That is to say, prolonging life.