Why receiving love is important
Regardless of your age, gender, sexuality, or physical and mental health, you — and everyone around you — needs love and affection.
There’s a reason receiving love and affection feels so good. It’s a phenomenon which happens at the chemical level, with the release of oxytocin, or the “love hormone.” Affectionate behaviors, such as holding hands, hugging, or having sex, elevate your level of oxytocin. This in turn, encourages bonding, reduces pain, and creates an overall calming sensation.