Holding hands is so much more than just a way to show the world you’re in love! Here is why you must hold hands as often as you can:
In a study published in the New York Times, a psychologist from the University of Virginia, Dr. James Coan, discovered that holding hands help to reduce the neural response to threatening situations.
Now, before you start to worry, you need to remember that stress can trigger the brain’s “threat response system”. Stress can cause your levels of adrenaline to spike, which is the hormone that controls your “fight or flight” mechanism.
So, to clarify, holding hands will help to reduce your brain’s neural response to stressful situations. When you hold hands, the physical contact helps to decrease the activity of the neurons that respond to stress. The result: a more relaxed, comfortable you.
In the study, women’s reactions to physical contact were measured. The participants all experienced more relief when they touched their husbands’ hands, as opposed to touching the hands of strangers.
What does this prove? Simple: it’s vital that you hold hands with your partner as often as possible!
This study shows that holding hands is a way to relax the other person, especially if they are feeling stressed or under pressure. You can help to lower their adrenaline and cortisol levels with something as simple as your touch. You’ll make it easier for them to unwind at the end of a long day, all because you’re taking a few minutes to hold their hand.
Of course, there is always the benefit of proximity, being close to your partner. They will feel better because of your nearness to them, and the result will be a happier, more relaxed spouse, girlfriend, or boyfriend!
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