Research has shown just how important nurturing touch can be. It can help ease anxiety, stress, and pain. It may even help you fight off infections faster. But all too often, careers, time constraints, or living alone prevent us from getting close to others or expressing our feelings through touch. To help you add more touch to your life, you can:

• Get a massage.

• Hug your children, family members, or friends.

• Snuggle up to your partner or a beloved pet after a long day at work.

• Join a class or group that encourages touch (like a dance class).