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The power of social touch: How a loving caress really can ease anxiety

By Richard Sima

09 Feb 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

During the pandemic, people who didn't experience physical touch due to social isolation were more likely to develop mental health problems. The Washington Post explores the benefits of social touch.

When Valentine’s Day arrives Tuesday, many people will show their love and affection with cards, chocolates and gifts, but there is another way to make your partner or family member feel good — through touch.

Studies show that social touch is essential to our mental well-being and can reduce stress and pain while helping us bond with one another.

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