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Touching Equals Love

by Colleen P Moyne (Colmo) (follow)
I'm a freelance writer living in the beautiful river town of Mannum in SA, dreaming of the day I can retire from the 9-5 to write full time.
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We already know that, regardless of how long we have been in a relationship, we should never take our partner for granted. We are reminded often that loving gestures keep a relationship fresh.

I know a couple, both in their seventies and both in quite poor health, who have one of the best relationships I've seen in a very long time. Despite the challenges they face daily with their health concerns, they never fail to treat each other lovingly. I have never heard either of them complain or speak negatively in any way.



Couple Cuddling on Beach
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But one of the things that impresses me most about this couple is the way they touch each other. He will place his hand on hers or she will stroke his shoulder. When they walk together they always hold hands.

A few days ago I saw her kiss him; it was a peck on the cheek but not just an ordinary peck. It was a spontaneous, arms-around-the-neck snuggle and a soft kiss. It was one of the loveliest things I've ever seen. It was obvious that he enjoyed it, too. This couple have been married for many years and yet I see them show more love than most couples I know.



Couple Cuddling on Beach
Image courtesy of Ambro/Freedigitalphotos.net


It didn't surprise me then when I read an article about research into the health benefits of touch. It seems that when we touch each other we activate the orbitofrontal cortex of our brain, which is the part relating to feelings of compassion.

Loving touch has been proven to reduce stress on the heart and to release oxytocin which coincidentally is known as ‘the love hormone.’ This means that the more we touch each other, the more loving feelings we have – and the more love we feel, the more we want to touch – It’s self-perpetuating.



Couple Cuddling on Beach
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So if we want our relationship to remain loving and close – or to re-kindle one that has lost its spark – all it takes is a simple touch.


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