Need some stress relief? How about holding hands with someone you love.
Researchers recently looked at relationship data for 100,000 people around the U.S. and found that couples who have been together for one to five years still tend to hold hands. But that likelihood diminished over the course of the relationship. According to their study, which was published in the new book, The Normal Bar: The Surprising Secrets of Happy Couples and What They Reveal About Creating a New Normal in Your Relationship, less than half of all couples continue to hold hands after more than a decade together.
But their research also found that holding your loved one's hand tends to alleviate stress - even when you're fighting. The happiest couples were those that continued to hold hands over the years.
And guess what -- it works with kids, too. When they're young, most kids won't go anywhere without holding a parent's hand. But as they age, it's sadly one of the first things to go. Sure, your teen or tween may be mortified at the suggestion of holding hands the next time you're at the mall. But you might be surprised at their willingness to hold hands while chilling out on the sofa watching TV (as long as none of their peers are around.)
So grab your sweetheart's hand in one of yours and your child's in the other and get some extra squeezes in today.
Now that's something to hold on to.
Do you and your significant other still hold hands?