Touch....one of the first senses that awakens in a human, beginning in the womb and ending as one of the last we have when life begins to fade from us. It really is amazing just how important touch is. There have been studies that have shown that babies that are deprived of human touch are not only sicker and more likely to cry, but have even died! Even as grown human beings though, touch is still vital. It is one of our most active senses and is what helps us to be able to explore the world around us. Touch allows you to know when the puppy is soft, the coffee has gotten too cold to drink, or that the fire will burn you and should be avoided at all costs. It can be a defensive mechanism, that tells the brain if something might be dangerous, or it can tell the brain that this feels pleasurable and so should be repeated. Touch can have a direct influence on the way you feel and think about yourself and others around you. Touch truly is important, so....have you hugged someone today? If not...go find that someone special to you, give them the biggest hug that you can and see if you don't feel just a bit better!