Affection Exchange

Expressing and receiving affection has been called a "fundamental human need." Recent research has generated scientific data that verbal and "supportive" affection have not only mental but physiologically beneficial reactions. The data showed that when people who were undergoing stress were offered verbal and "supportive" affection by an emotionally significant relation, cortisol reactivity was lower compared to not receiving any such affection. Also, the baseline heart rate during rest was lower when verbal and "supportive" affection were given.