Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~ Leo Buscaglia ~
“Touch is without a doubt one of the most, if not the most powerful means of communication we have available to us as human beings” says James Smith, counselor at Willow Tree Christian Counseling in Northern Ireland. “We may speak, express ourselves through words, tone and the volume of our voice, or body language, however nothing comes close to touch.”
A touch doesn’t only have to mean being touched. Giving touch in healthy ways, from a hug to a handshake to a pat on the back, benefits you—and the person on the receiving end. And you don’t have to be in a relationship to do it. Even a quick touch like a high-five (for those friends who hate to hug) can be beneficial. Touch doesn’t have to be person to person. Use your down time to groom or pet your dog or let your cat nap in your lap as you make phone calls.
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