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"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around."
-Leo Buscaglia



"There is a biological need for touch, an actual skin hunger, which can be met only in contact with another human being. When touch is denied, or severely restricted, infants die. Children, abandoned at birth and transferred to foundling homes, died by the thousands during the 19th century. They literally wasted away, despite the fact that they were fed, kept clean, and protected from danger. The condition, known as marasmus (Greek, meaning "wasting away" ) claimed the lives of nearly 100% of the infants under the age of one in U.S. founding hospitals, as late as 1920. What these children lacked was physical contact. Other infants , raised in their own homes, were cradled and fed at their mothers breasts. These foundlings were not. When this connection between life and touch was realized, doctors and nurses in many institutes cooperated in a plan to supply mothering to these children. It consisted of holding, stroking, speaking to the infants, and allowing significant periods of cuddling the child, especially at mealtimes. The results were dramatic and immediate. Infant mortality rates dropped within one year of adopting these touching procedures."
- Excerpt from Wellness Workbook



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