The science behind holding hands
Do you like to hold hands with your spouse? Do you do it very often? I try to hold hands with my hubby as often as possible. I know that holding his hand makes me feel good, but I never really thought about why. So, today I did a little research and found this article that gave me the science behind holding hands! Here is a summary:
The surging of oxytocin (also called the “cuddle hormone”) makes you feel more trusting and connected. And the cascade of electrical impulses slows your heart and lowers your blood pressure, making you feel less stressed and more soothed. Remarkably, this complex surge of events in the brain and body are all initiated by a simple, supportive touch.
No wonder I like it so much! Who doesn’t want to feel connected, less stressed, and soothed?
So, your Marriage Spark Challenge this week is to hold hands with your spouse. Easy enough, right? Grab your sweetie’s hand as you walk from the car to the grocery store. Hold hands while riding in the car—just make sure to pay attention if you are driving! Why not link hands while watching TV? Just find a little bit of time to hold hands!!
Are you in?
This week I am going to offer $5 PayPal cash to a random challenge participant again!
- So, are you in? Find time to hold hands with your spouse this week.
- Write a comment below letting us know how holding hands makes you feel by June 1, 2013 11:59pm EST.
- If you share a pic for this challenge on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or Instagram, make sure to tag me and use the hashtag #marriagespark so I can share and comment!
- If you write a blog post for this challenge, let us all know so we can stop by and comment.
- Make sure you are a Newlywed Survivor email subscriber so you can find out if you won. You can subscribe in the right-hand column of this page. The $5 PayPal cash winner will be announced in the June 4 newsletter.
How does holding hands with your spouse make you feel?
— Newlywed Survival (@NewlywedSurvive) May 24, 2013