In today's podcast episode we discuss the power of touch. As discussed in an article from Psychology Today, scientific research now correlates physical touch with the following important areas: Decreased violence--less touch as a child leads to more violence as an adult. Greater trust between individuals--touch helps bond people together. Economic gain--touch signals safety and trust Decreased disease and stronger immune system--hugs strengthen the immune system Stronger team dynamics--hugs and handshakes initiate trust More non-sexual emotional intimacy--interpersonal touch has a powerful impact on our emotions. Greater learning engagement--when teachers touch students platonically, it encourages their learning. Overall wellbeing--adults require human touch to thrive. A hug, a touch on the elbow, a friendly handshake can all go a long way! Each week on the 365 Days Podcast we issue a challenge. This week the challenge is to initiate healthy physical touch. Let us know how the challenge is going for your. Leave a text or voicemail at 858-365-3297. Sign up to receive the Monday email by going to www.365daysofcrockpot.com/365-podcast. Please call our voicemail/text line and tell us how the challenges are going for you. We want to hear from you! The number is 858-365-3297. Follow us on Instagram @365dayspodcast or on facebook facebook.com/365dayspodcast.