For young women under a lot of stress, the best method for unwinding might not be venting to your friends or going on a run—it may be as simple as a hug or a pat on the back from your mom.


Research is finding that daughters handle stressful situations better when they know they have the support of their moms, which is best communicated through touch. And, as might be expected, the more positive the mother-daughter relationship, the more supported a woman will feel.

Even though this study focuses solely on females, the study’s authors note that these findings continue to corroborate how important human touch can be regardless of gender or age, particularly when handling stressful situations. Do you believe touch has the power to ease anxiety?



Science of Us: How Moms and Daughters Help Each Other De-stress Through Touch