The Science of Affection

Science proves that being warm, loving and responsive are some of the most important actions parents can take to help their children’s development. Physical affection has actual health and developmental benefits that last throughout their childhood and adulthood.

What is the science behind it?
  • Affection can help children grow smarter, healthier, happier, and more resilient.

  • Human touch is essential for brain development and physical growth.

  • Physical affection such as hugs and smiles releases oxytocin, also known as the love hormone.

  • Oxytocin can stimulate growth, strengthen the immune system and even help wounds to heal faster.

  • Oxytocin/physical affection can reduce stress, relieve anxiety, and even lower blood pressure.

  • Affection makes children feel loved, builds up resilience and makes them stronger.

  • Affection builds trust and helps parents bond with their children.

  • The more affection a child gets, the more their confidence and desire to explore the world grows.

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