The Value of Human Contact
There is an old adage that says no man is an island. It cannot be denied because in truth, man has always been seen as a part of a family, a group, and a community. Man by nature is a social being. Because of that, there is this need within each individual to be with another. We see this in the fact that, unlike any other creature, we seek for a suitable partner; leave our own family to build one for ourselves.
More than just the need for companionship as reflected in our need to be part of a family and a community, man is also has a need to be touched. This is what truly makes us different from all other creatures. Human contact plays a very significant role in our ability to communicate with one another. The touch is very essential in how we think, feel, communicate, and bond.
Whenever we are at either a low or high emotional state, we tend to seek contact from another person. This can come as a pat on the back or a hug that could be either a congratulatory or an act of comfort depending on the situation. Even our way of greeting one another also involves touching. This can be in the form of a handshake or a kiss. Human contact fills an innate, ingrained need in every individual. In fact according to research, a touch can have profound effect on our physical and emotional well-being.
A simple hug as well as a tap on the back can greatly help in lowering down stress as well as help in building trust and security. This is why these two gestures are often times the most effective when we are trying to console someone. More than just the emotional benefits, a hug can also result to lower heart rate among women. It can also stimulate the thymus gland to balance the production of white blood cells therefore leading to keeping one healthy and disease-free.
Promotes balanced development
We have all experienced the soothing effect of a hug and the comfort we get from a simple tap on the back. However, what we may never realize is that a gentle massage can help newborn infants gain weight faster as well as aid in the proper development of mental and motor skills. Also, touching serves as the most basic way for parents to bond and communicate with their children.
Truly, companionship and human contact are very significant part of our existence. This is why it is always best to go out on a vacation with a travel companion who can show you genuine care. This alone can have very significant effect on the success of your getaway.