You can show affection in your relationship in so many ways and it’s important to do it regularly. Not everyone is a physical or affectionate partner but for those that appreciate affection, having your partner give those fleeting moments of touches can mean the world. Physical intimacy doesn’t have to be just sexual. It can be a source of comfort and support, a way to show someone that you care and that you’re always there for them. Showing acts of affection can greatly improve your relationship, here’s why.
1. It’s not awfully romantic, but there’s science behind it
Physical affection releases feel-good hormones. It’s one of the reasons why hugging, holding hands, and touching feels so good to us. It elevates oxytocin levels a hormone that reduces pain and causes a calming sensation. Women who receive more hugs from their romantic partners have also been revealed to have a lower resting blood pressure. Increasing physical affection in your relationship also lowers your daily levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which will leave you both in a better mood.
2. A valuable source of support and motivation
Sometimes when we’re down and lacking confidence, it can be reassuring to have someone there to comfort you. However, for some people, words can make the situation worse. In this case, being affectionate and providing reassuring touches and pats can be so much more meaningful. Sometimes people just need to gather their thoughts and calm down, and a simple hug and “I’m here for you” can do that trick. Whether or not your partner succeeds, they can guarantee that you’ll be there for them.
3. It’s an essential way of showing how much you love them
There are ways of showing your partner that you love them, without actually telling them, and affection is one of those many ways. Hugs, backrubs, holding hands and touching your partner are all signs that you want to be close to them and enjoy their company. Having this physical aspect in a relationship greatly validates your feelings and shows your partner exactly how you feel without vocalising it. After all, actions can speak louder than words, and affectionate gestures do just that.
4. Your feelings are more transparent
Your body language is an essential way of showing someone’s current mood. When your significant other is feeling down it’s important to match their mood and provide comfort in an appropriate way. In a completely different scenario, simple things like giving your partner a long and tight hug, especially when you haven’t seen them in some time are the perfect way to show how much you missed them. If you’re not the best when it comes to words, showing affection is a great way of communicating your feelings through small and simple actions.
5. It can improve your physical intimacy
Not all affectionate touches have to be sexual, but it is important to remember that touch is a great method for flirting. Extended caresses, small spank on the backside, playing with your partner’s hair, and caressing their shoulders are all fun and easy ways to create more intimacy and affection. Flirty touches like this can also help to maintain the spark in your relationship and keep things playful between the both of you. Maintaining these strong feelings of attraction and intimacy is one of the key things when it comes to keeping your relationship fun and dynamic.