Thank You for Human Touch
We are beings who need to touch and be touched.
Marasmus is a form of malnutrition that occurs in babies who do not metabolize proteins. Research has shown that babies who are deprived of touch can develop and even die of this disease— even if they are well fed.
Touch is a part of our developmental process (starting in the womb, skin and the nervous system are connected in the role of primary assimilation of information).
The deprivation of human touch can cause all manner of developmental problems in babies.
The lack of human touch in adults can also cause some trouble with our sense of well being and even our physical health.
The distressing part of loneliness in our culture of individuals who pride themselves in independence and self reliance is the lack of human touch.
Yeah, we have lots of human “contact” over the phone, on the internet, on the street, at work, etc.
But if you live alone without spouse or family, many days can pass without human touch and it can actually hurt you when those days add up to a big chunk of your life.
Deprivation of touch can make your chest ache when you are trying to fall asleep. It can eventually make you jumpy, anxious, or even depressed.
I am so fortunate to have friends to hug or folks that touch my arm when they talk to me.
Though I am not a real touchy-feely kind of gal, I am thankful for the touch of others and all that it adds to my well being.
Hey, reach out and touch someone!