I wrote this piece, which appeared in Charlottesville HOME, Roanoke Valley HOME and Central Virginia HOME, on warming up your winter decor.
Touch is the first sense humans acquire and has a powerful effect on our physical and emotional wellbeing. Studies have shown that people who regularly touch others have lower blood pressure and heart rates and healthier immune systems. Touch stimulates the production of oxytocin, which makes you happier, and it activates nerves and hormones that reduce stress. It’s no wonder that, in the cold, dark winter months, we look for ways to introduce more texture—or touch—into our homes.