Few years before and after marriage, romance is always in the air. And one thing which every couple does while taking that romantic stroll in the night or watching a movie or even shopping, is holding hands. But with time, this sweet gesture of love fades away. If you don’t agree, then try to recall when was the last time you walked hand in hand with your partner? If you think that holding hands is just a way of showing your love towards your partner then read on to know what some other benefits of this sweet gesture can be.
Gesture of equality. Holding hands while walking together tells many things about your relationship and bond. It shows that you respect your partner as your equal. It also indicates that you two are committed towards walking together in the same direction in your life. It also suggests that you are ready to match your partner’s pace and steps. A relationship where two people respect each other’s pace and walk side by side is definitely the one that will always stay strong.
Reduces your stress. Remember those stressful times when one comforting touch by your spouse would calm you down, indicating that everything will be just fine? Holding your spouse’s hand helps in reducing stress hormones to a great level. Even a study has proved this fact that holding hand can help you to stay calm and stress free. Dr. James A. Coan, a psychologist at the University of Virginia and the lead author of the study says, “The effect of this simple gesture of social support is that the brain and body don’t have to work as hard, they are less stressed in response to a threat.”
Helps in cementing the bond. When you hold hands, it symbolises that you are always there for each other. And scientifically speaking, this gesture releases a hormone known as oxytocin, which is known for its various health benefits. This hormone is also responsible for cementing long term relationships, and for raising the amount of affection among the couple. As per a study published in Psychosomatic Medicine, US, it was found that touch stimulates the supply of oxytocin in the blood, which helps in making a relationship stronger.
Healthy life ahead. As we said before, holding hands stimulates the level of oxytocin in your body, and this hormone is known for its various health benefits. So, this gesture not only makes your relationship strong, but also keep you healthy. In the study that was published in Psychosomatic Medicine, researchers concluded, “When the relationship is supportive and strong, time spent with the partner may be beneficial by reducing blood pressure and protecting against future heart disease.” Well, a healthy and stress free heart is definitely one more reason to hold your spouse’s hand now.
Sign of devotion Do you want to show how devoted you are towards your partner? Then just hold on your spouse’s hand. Interlocking fingers or just walking hand in hand shows how much you cherish the person and love having them around. You feel more connected with your partner. In fact, it sends a signal that not only you are happy but are also enjoying each other’s company. No expensive gifts or sweet talk can convey your devotion and commitment towards your relationship as much as than mere gesture of holding hands can. After all, actions speak louder than words.