Through the help of a Facebook Friend, I came across an article written by Eric Barker which was posted on time.com. It’s about four personal rituals that neuroscience has concluded make us happy. One of these rituals is touching people—shaking hands, pats on the back, phone calls and, most importantly, hugs. According to Mr. Barker, “Touching is incredibly powerful. We just don’t give it enough credit.” He went on to point out that, “Research shows getting five hugs a day for four weeks increases happiness big time.” I read this article right before I attended a church service and decided to test this touching business out. Before and after the service, I shook a lot of hands and participated in a fair number of hugs. I honestly can’t tell you what the sermon was about, but when I left, I felt great. So, I’m inclined to believe that Mr. Barker and these neuroscientists are on to something. If you would like to read Mr. Barker’s entire article, here’s the link.
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