Human Connections Start with a friendly touch

This isn’t exactly related to Bhutan or happiness economics or three good things, but it is a story from NPR about feeling good and human contact.

Sorry no three good things of late; I’m back to doing them in the notebook as I set out on some travels, and hope you’ll continue, too. Stay tuned for pictures of Bhutan….

Handholding causes levels of the stress hormone cortisol to drop.

Human Connections Start With A Friendly Touch

by Michelle Trudeau

Social scientists have shown in many studies over the years that supportive touch can have good outcomes in a number of different realms. Consider the following examples: If a teacher touches a student on the back or arm, that student is more likely to participate in class. The more athletes high-five or hug their teammates, the better their game. A touch can make patients like their doctors more. If you touch a bus driver, he’s more likely to let you on for free. If a waitress touches the arm or shoulder of a customer, she may get a larger tip.


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