Human touch

The hormone Oxytocin is released through physical touch, including stroking, cuddling, hugging, kissing, or having sex[2]. Oxytocin can reduce inflammation[8], speed up wound healing[9][10], increase the pain threshold[3]. It increases trust between people[4][5][6][7]. It’s good for the heart[13]. It improves digestion[12][14]. It can help to prevent and treat depression[11]. Human touch can motivate[15]. Caresses from loved ones may contribute to developing and maintaining a positive sense of self[1].

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