We humans aren’t meant to live in isolation – loneliness has been proven to cause serious repercussions – leading to illness and a 50% increased risk of early death.
In her New York Times Modern Love essay writer Michelle Fiordaliso makes the case for unexpected moments of intimacy between strangers.
‘Touch solidifies something – an introduction – a salutation – a feeling – empathy’ she writes.
It turns out that these moments of connection – while fleeting – have a lasting impact on our wellbeing.
One study published earlier this year showed that touch can be used as a tool for communicating empathy – resulting in an analgesic painkilling effect.
This ability to synchronize with others is crucial for social development – a fact that has garnered the attention of psychologists and scientists in recent years.