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Through a large-scale analysis, researchers at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience have uncovered the ways in which consensual touch can benefit a person’s physical and mental wellbeing.

You might recognize the comforting feeling when someone offers you a hug at the end of a stressful day or strokes your shoulder when you’re feeling down. But the question remains: can touch really help you feel better, and does it matter who it’s from or how they touch you? To explore these questions, researchers from the Social Brain Lab at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience and the University Hospital Essen conducted a large-scale analysis of studies exploring touch interventions.

The article explores a study highlighting the positive effects of consensual touch on both physical and mental well-being. Researchers investigated the impact of touch on various health parameters, including stress, pain perception, and social connection.

The study revealed that consensual touch, such as hugging, holding hands, or receiving a massage, can significantly reduce stress levels and enhance pain tolerance. Moreover, participants reported feeling more socially connected and supported after engaging in consensual touch activities.

These findings underscore the importance of incorporating touch into daily interactions to promote overall health and well-being. Consensual touch not only provides physical comfort but also fosters emotional connection and support, which are vital for mental health.

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Felisa Laboro has been working with addiction and substance abuse businesses since early 2014. She has authored and published over 1,000 articles in the space. As a result of her work, over 1,500 people have been able to find treatment. She is passionate about helping people break free from alcohol or drug addiction and living a healthy life.

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