I found this so interesting, I just couldn’t resist sharing. Published this week in the NY Times is an article about the benefits of touching.
The article profiles researchers who analyzed the effects of touch based interactions in professional basketball. The team coded every bump, hug and high five in a single game played by each team in the National Basketball Association early last season.
In a paper due out this year in the journal Emotion, the team reports that with a few exceptions, good teams tended to be touchier than bad ones.
So, I know you’re dieing to know… What does all of this have to do with relationships?
Well, I think you’ll find this little tidbit, a direct quote from the article I’ve referenced above, quite interesting. And I quote:
The same is certainly true of partnerships, and especially the romantic kind, psychologists say. In a recent experiment, researchers led by Christopher Oveis of Harvard conducted five-minute interviews with 69 couples, prompting each pair to discuss difficult periods in their relationship.
The investigators scored the frequency and length of touching that each couple, seated side by side, engaged in. In an interview, Dr. Oveis said that the results were preliminary.
“But it looks so far like the couples who touch more are reporting more satisfaction in the relationship,” he said.
So, what’s the take-home here? I would say, take every chance you get to offer your loved one a kind touch… the benefit may be far greater than you imagine…