I have to admit to being quite tired and I should have had this done this morning but, again I was tired and didn’t get to it. Sadly, this will probably be a short post but yesterday’s was pretty long so perhaps it’s a fair trade off.
I couldn’t talk about hearing, sight, taste, without touch. I’m sure smell will be there soon but later. All of the senses are amazing and all serve a wonderful purpose. Touch, like the others, has a psychological benefit also. I recently posted an article on my Facebook page about a woman who was charging for hugs or cuddles. An interesting concept indeed. According to the article, this young woman got the idea from a YouTube video showing a couple of guys giving out hugs for free. She decided it was a great business idea. She’s not alone. There are other places/people who do the same and people actually pay to get a hug or have a cuddle session.
People need to be touched. They need to be shown love, not just told they are loved. Sure the words are great but actions speak louder than words so if there isn’t affection to go along with it, those words will soon fall on deaf ears. I’m pretty sure there was a song all about that fact – Extreme – “More Than Words.” Yep that was it. That said, I can see why there would be businesses popping to fill this need. There are a lot of lonely, single people, or lonely married people even, that need to have that feeling. There are many people who are tired, depressed, frustrated with their situation, whatever it may be, so getting a hug or some cuddling in at just the right moment could have a huge positive influence for that individual.
When I first read the article, I was all for it, but now I’m not so sure it’s very ethical to exploit people’s insecurities/neediness/loneliness in this fashion. It’s not exactly cheap either. I suppose in the end it’s not really hurting anyone – someone has a need fulfilled and someone else is able to make a living and pay some bills (or do even better if business is booming). I just personally believe that hugs should be free, but maybe that’s just me.
Touch is vital. Research has shown that babies who don’t get held very much and are rarely touched, are said to “not thrive in life.” If memory serves, what I remember hearing in the past about babies who are rarely touched, is there isn’t a chance to bond. The lack of touch can influence physical and mental maturation and other aspects of a baby’s life. This is what I read on it.
Going past all that, for me touch is an amazing experience. Again, it adds spice to life. Of course it serves as a warning – something’s too hot, too cold, causes pain, etc. There are also positives. There’s the chance to touch your loved one’s hand or caress a cheek. It’s said that kissing is very intimate and I tend to agree because of all the emotion that can be conveyed in that very simple act of touch. There’s a song for that too but I’m sure you all know it, something about how it’s in his kiss, or something like that.
As with the other senses, it can do a lot for memory. Touching a fabric might remind someone of a favorite sweater. The feel of fur might bring back a memory of a long lost pet. The feel of a pillow might bring up memories of a sleep over or even a particularly good night’s rest. That may seem silly, but someone who doesn’t get to rest well often will certainly appreciate one great night’s rest more than most.
Touch is pretty awesome. There’s the chance to touch soft pillows and cotton candy. Then there’s all the slimy, gooey things out there that can be fun to play with at different times. There’s the stories to be picked up by touching leathered hands; hands that clearly work hard. There’s something to be said about holding hands with really soft hands. The list goes on, but I think you get the idea by now. I’m so thankful that I have my sense of touch. There are those out there who don’t have it. Don’t take any of your senses for granted. So much story would be missed without all five.