1. It’s a stress reliever
Imagine this: you’re nervously waiting for an important announcement and couldn’t stop your body from shaking. What do you do?
If you’re accompanied by your partner, it’s most likely you’ll grab onto their hand in an attempt to seek comfort. Although doing so may not reduce the level of nervousness you experience, it helps decrease the level of stress hormone called cortisol. According to a study, holding hands with your partner can help you feel less threatened and make your brain react to the stressful situation accordingly. Since our skin becomes more sensitive when cortisol is rushing through our bloodstream, the touch of a comforting hand will have a significantly larger impact in calming our nerves.