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What's lost when we're too afraid to touch the world around us?

The benefits of a touch

The power of touch is essential to our development and well-being. For instance, premature babies have more chances to survive if they are held by their parents on a regular basis. 

Practically, touching the others is an important element of our social interactions: take the example of shaking hands, which is practiced worldwide as a sign of politeness. A touch has the major benefit that it brings people together faster than words.

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What's lost when we're too afraid to touch the world around us?

What's lost when we're too afraid to touch the world around us?

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Getting to know the world by touching it

The pandemic forces us to stay away from practically everything around us: we are not to go out without masks, we cannot hug or even shake hands with the others, we cannot touch objects outside of our house without washing very well our hands afterwards. 

However, touching is an important exploration tool - it enables us to discover the world around us. 

The benefits of a touch

The power of touch is essential to our development and well-being. For instance, premature babies have more chances to survive if they are held by their parents on a regular basis. 

Practically, touching the others is an important element of our social interactions: take the example of shaking hands, which is practiced worldwide as a sign of politeness. A touch has the major benefit that it brings people together faster than words.

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  • Work From Home option should be utilized.

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