Relationship Minute: The Power of Touch

Have you touched your partner today?

In “The Science of Trust,” Dr. John Gottman cites several research studies that show touch is an essential part of emotional connection.

It’s more than just sex (although that counts too!). You can massage, cuddle, hold hands, and practice other forms of intimate affection. Even a light stroke on the nape of the neck lets your partner know that you are there, you see them, and you desire to be close to them.

How do you like to be touched? Are there times of the day when you need it the most? Talk to your partner about your touch preferences and ask them for the same. Commit to showing each other physical affection and using the power of touch to strengthen your bond.

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The Relationship Minute is from The Gottman Institute. Visit their website.