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Non-sexual touch in a relationship can look like many things from holding one another to a kiss. It is touch of connection and affection without the intention leading to sex. When relishing in touch such as long three-minute hugs or thirty-second kisses, oxytocin and endorphins are released. They help to bond us to one another and to lessen our stress and anxiety. The only problem is, non-sexual touch for some of us may not feel so loving. In this episode, Jon shares he is all about this long indulgence of touch, while I am more cautious. I love being near him and cuddling, and I also have some touch which creates a feeling of being trapped for me. We talk about how it is important to distinguish what non-sexual touch looks like for your relationship, and what kind feels loving. I resented the stereotype that all men had the intention that when they touched you it was to get sex or be sexual. The truth is that everyone longs for non-sexual touch, and it is a need we have. Jon shares, "I resented the stereotype that all men had the intention that when they touched you it was to get sex or be sexual. I never really connected with that sentiment. I didn't like that I got lumped in with all the rest of the guys." The truth is men and women both long for non-sexual touch. There is so much joy in sharing a hug, a hand-hold, or a cuddle. Just find what works for the two of you! (Theme music: Ethan Anderson, Photo credit: Katarina Šikuljak) Subscribe & Review in iTunes Are you subscribed to our podcast? If not, we would love to have you! We are adding to our relationship episodes by the week and want to keep you connected to the community. Click here to subscribe in iTunes! If any of our ramblings have been helpful to your relationship, we would be grateful if you would let us know by leaving a review on iTunes. Such reviews are how others find our podcast and we learn more about how the podcast has been loving in your life. Just click here to review, select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review." Thank you friend! "The Beauty of Non-Sexual Touch in A Relationship" Podcast Gems: When your minimalistic wardrobe contains more items with holes than not, it is time to go shopping. The action of non-sexual touch speaks louder for Jon and is not as confusing as words. It says, “I choose you.”Many times the spouse or partner with the lower sex drive will begin to withhold touch if it is always met with sex.Talk about what kind of non-sexual touch you love, and find out what feels good to your spouse or partner.We talk about dealing with anxiety together.

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