It’s possible to be touch hungry and not even know it or even to mistake your symptoms for poor mental health. People who are touch hungry usually present as being depressed individuals. They’re withdrawn; their voice contour is flat. People suffering from clinical depression may also often suffer from touch hunger and this can be seen in an area of the brain called the vagus. “When you massage these people, their depression levels go down and their vagal activity goes up.”

Touch is so very important for all of us and that includes our pets. Let’s not forget the elderly in particular the ones that have lost their partner, very often they suffer terribly from touch hunger. Just because they are older doesn’t mean they don’t need a hug, hold there hand or a rub on the back. Make someone feel special with touch it really makes all the difference.