February 2015 | Newsletter archives
Do You Feel Love Because Of A Hormone?
By Eva Cwynar
The answer to that question is yes, in the form of a hormone called oxytocin. It is commonly referred to as the cuddle or love hormone and women have a tremendous amount of it right after a baby is born. But there is also scientific evidence that it triggers a wide variety of physical and psychological effects in both women and men.
Oxytocin's influence on our behavior originates in the brain, where it's produced by the hypothalamus, which then transfers it to the pituitary gland which releases it into the bloodstream. Like antennas picking up a signal, oxytocin receptors are found on cells throughout the body. Levels of the hormone tend to be higher during both stressful and socially bonding experiences.
• Pregnant women with higher levels of oxytocin during their first trimester bond more strongly with their babies after birth
• Oxytocin may amplify men's early memories of their mothers
• Oxytocin may improve the ability of people with autism to interact with others
• Oxytocin leaves you feeling tranquil and loving
This love drug plays an important role in bonding, maternal instinct, enduring friendship, marriage, and even orgasms. It represents a mingling of trust and physical touch. In a world of less than positive feelings, encouraging and welcoming oxytocin into your life might be worthwhile. How do you do it?
• Maintain positive illusions - See your significant other or spouse as attractive
• Incorporate forgiveness into each day - People are going to make you mad sometimes. Forgive them.
• Re-ignite oxytocin - Oxytocin is released during sex so have more sex.
• Laugh - This is a no brainer. It simply makes you feel better.
Achieving lifelong love suggests that we stay positive, be forgiving, and laugh often. Re-igniting oxytocin by making love is always a good idea, too, especially during the month of love.