The Touch of Love
It was love at first sight when 19-year-old Juarez saw 22-year-old Heloisa in the main street of São João del Rey, Brazil. The couple have been happily together for more than 54 years. What is their secret? And what happens if we grow old without a long-lasting relationship?
"I call him Love. And now everyone else calls him Love, too"
"Physical interaction is no trivial matter, which is why we should all pay more attention to it"
Prof. Dr. Martin Grunwald
The Key importance of Touch
Touch as a Painkiller
Being out of touch
"Feelings of loneliness create high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Loneliness, then, can change the whole epigenetic pattern of people."
Richard M. Lerner
Professor of Human Development
says that physical touch is not a daily occurrence in their life.
miss touch very much and want to make up for it after the crisis.
realized during isolation how important physical touch is for their health.
feel lonely when lacking human touch.
say that the isolation has made them feel lonelier than ever before.
say that lack of human touch makes them feel lonely even if they have many contacts on social networks.