Touch is essential to the human experience. We experience its power from the time we are born until we die. With touch... Babies thrive (Harmon). Students become more engaged in learning (Williams). Basketball teams win more games (Kelter). People with dementia experience increased well-being and increased trust in their caregivers(Caitlin).
With the growth of technological advances that seem to discourage touch, some suggest that recognizing and practice the power of touch is more critical today. Ray Williams, in his article "8 Reasons Why We Need Human Touch More Than Ever"highlights eight ways in which research supports the power of touch. Here are four of special significance.
*Young uses the term "mindful touching" to distinguish appropriate from inappropriate touching. For a discussion of the difference and general "rules," check out her article.
Touch seems to be as essential as sunlight.