Express affection physically. So much of good health is the feeling of connection with the things around you, including people and animals. If you can express your feelings with physical affection, you take a giant step toward creating wellness for yourself and others. Keeping yourself at a distance, refraining from the touch, the embrace, or the affectionate kiss of another person reduces the chances that you will partake of healthy, loving relationships.

Of course it's important to be appropriate in this regard. If you respond to a gigantic sale at your local sporting goods store by reaching over and hugging the owner, you might be stepping over the line, but there are ways of carrying out this suggestion safely and responsibly. If you have a family, declare your intentions and try to spend the day embracing your partner and kids. Even if you have pubescent boys and they cringe at the thought of your wanting to hug and kiss them, let them know that physical contact with other human beings on a regular basis is going to keep you healthy and allow you to live longer.

Express affection for your partner. Let your partner know how much you feel for him or her by offering to massage or stroke his or her body, and let your activity lead to lovemaking if that is your inclination. Take the time to explore and caress, to touch gently and lovingly, looking for ways to maximize your physical connection.

If you live alone or you don't have an intimate partner, then get together with a friend or family member with whom you feel close and give him a hug. Really get into it; smile and look into his eyes and tell him how much he means to you.

A pet is a great source of physical affection. Pick up a willing cat or dog and stroke its head or belly, or hug and whisper soft words to it. The animal will respond to you.

If you are willing to touch people and animals appropriately, your health and the love you have in your life will increase dramatically.

Alan Epstein in How to Have More Love in Your Life