I love hugs from friends and family. There is something very comforting and healing that comes with positive touch. Having endorphins released, decreasing stress and anxiety. Connecting with others in a physical way.
Today’s society makes it difficult to express affection to others. American’s typically have a huge personal bubble, and if you aren’t romantically involved, your chances of affection decrease. I am very aware that not all American’s are like this, but I have come across this time and time again.
This can be acutely noticeable if I don’t have regular physical contact. I start feeling anxious and disconnected. Sometimes I have a hard time asking for affection, but I am fortunate that I have people in my life that I can reach out to. It is incredibly healing to be touched by those that love you.