Week 18 (Health) Goal: Physical Touch


Physical TouchThis weeks goal: Touch Each Other! This may sound like a silly goal, or even a bit over the line, but we are not kidding! Oftentimes, it can be socially awkward to physically touch someone. But it is so important for us to break those barriers and begin to touch one another more frequently. I know that already you are thinking about all the times that it is not socially appropriate to touch another person. Lets focus on the times that it is. Such as kissing our kids, shaking a hand of a stranger and hugging a friend. This week the Be BETTER goal is to reach out and connect with something through physical touch every day this week.

Why touch? Physical touch is key to our health and happiness. Infants who lack physical touch are unable to make proper emotional connections throughout their lives. Extreme lack of physical touch can even result in the death of an infant. This shows us that we have to have touch, even if it’s just a pat on the back. Additional information is available in this article by Margaret Chuong-Kim.

How can you make touch a part of your day every day this week? Extend physical touch to everyone you can. Shake hands more often with strangers. Pat your coworkers on the back. Give an extra hug to a friend. Kiss your spouse and kids an extra time each day. All of this touch will add up, and you’ll feel happier and healthier!

Also this weeks goal highlights the book 5 Love Languages.

If you haven't read this book, please do. It simplifies love into 5 Love Languages, one of which is Physical Touch.

A quote from the book "When you reach out with tender touch, you create emotional closeness. This is especially true if the primary love language is physical touch. You may say, “What if I’m just not a toucher? I didn’t grow up in a touchy-feely family.” The good news is that you can learn to speak this love language. It can begin with a pat on the back, or putting your hand on their leg as you sit together on the couch."