Human beings are comprised of energy. Electric impulses radiate from the brain and heart. Our moods and reactions to stimuli dictate whether we radiate negative, neutral or positive energy. Keep this in mind as we move along.
All human beings have a touch need. Using a scale of 1-10, 1 is not needing much and 10 is needing excessive amounts of touch. Most people fall somewhere between 5-7. But we all need some, even people with severe psychopathology.
We need positive touch for our well-being: emotional, spiritual, mental and physical. One of the subconscious reasons why pets are so popular is because we can touch them whenever we want (well, maybe not cats) without fear or awkwardness.
When we share a positive touch, we share the afforementioned energy. It grows. And people become healthier. Energy not shared exists in a vacuum and serves no function. If X-Cel Energy didn't share with us, we would be cold and in the dark. When we are warm and in the light, we are able to share with others.
Sadly, there are many people in the world who do not have someone whom they can touch and be touched by on a regular basis. In these situations it becomes all the more important to have a pet or plants and to shake hands with every new person they meet. It also helps for such people to place their own hand over their heart or on their forehead and feel the healing power of touch radiate back through them.
For people who do have someone to touch, it is important to communicate your needs and compromise. Let's say one is a 3 and the other an 8, you will need to discuss and respect boundaries.
There is a healing power to positive touch. This is demonstrated in such settings as hospitals, nursing homes, hospices and neo-natal intensive care units. 12 step recovery groups understand this and explains why hugs are such an integral part of their meetings.
When we are not giving and recieving positive touch on a regular basis, we feel isolated and depressed and meaningless. But when we are fortunate enough to have healthy touch on a regular basis, we feel connected and loving and appreciative. If you are unaccustomed to being touched, you may feel awkward or uncomfortable at first but stick with it, you will love the beautiful changes.