A collection of images showcasing the intimacy of simply holding hands

hand-holding noun

patient attention, support, or instruction

solicitous attention, support, or instruction (as in servicing clients)

hand-holding noun

The provision of careful support or guidance to someone during a learning process or a period of change. Holding hands is a form of physical intimacy involving two or more people. It may or may not be romantic.

Lending a hand: social regulation of the neural response to threat

Social contact promotes enhanced health and well-being, likely as a function of the social regulation of emotional responding in the face of various life stressors.

Go forth and hold more hands

Hands are made to do a lot of things, and one of them is to hold another hand. Hands fit perfectly together, despite whose hand you are holding, which makes it such a comforting gesture. However, holding hands can take on many different meanings, depending on who you are holding hands with. It can symbolize many different feelings and thoughts, depending on the situation, so it is important to know what the different meanings are.

Photographs by Sherry Day, Mickey Hoelsher, and Thyme N Haff, click the photo to see artist attribution.

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