Oxytocin-The Ultimate Romantic Gift
Imagine this: You’re on a date with your special someone. The lighting is dim and romantic. They smile and reach over to hold your hand, and suddenly your entire body buzzes with warm, fuzzy feelings.
Ever wonder where that wonderful feeling comes from?
Well wonder no longer. The answer is a humble little peptide neurotransmitter called oxytocin.
Oxytocin is also known as the “bonding hormone” or “cuddle hormone”, and for good reason. Skin on skin contact is one of the major triggers of oxytocin in the human body.
While you’re holding hands with your partner, your hypothalamus is busy pumping out oxytocin. The pituitary gland then opens the floodgates to release oxytocin into the body, where it binds to oxytocin receptors on various types of cells.
But oxytocin is responsible for a lot more than just the warm, sappy sensations of new love. Ever feel more relaxed after petting your dog? That’s oxytocin. Do you wonder what gives new mothers that loving glow as they hold their newborn child? That’s oxytocin, which skyrockets during childbirth and breastfeeding.
Oxytocin also plays an important role in pushing us outside our social comfort zone. Like nature’s very own social lubricant, oxytocin switches off fear and lowers inhibitions. It’s like alcohol but without the slurred speech and hangover. And unlike alcohol, oxytocin has actually been shown to improve social skills in some people.
What else can this fantastic neurotransmitter do? According to one study, inhaled oxytocin intensified the fond childhood memories men had of their mothers. Another study found that oxytocin reduced drug cravings. Who needs drugs when you can get high on the pleasure of social bonding?
Speaking of which, scientists are now looking into whether oxytocin could be used to treat drug addiction, anxiety, and sleep disorders. Someday your doctor might very well write you a prescription for bottled “cuddle hormone” to help you fall asleep.
The bottom line is, oxytocin is the thing that binds human relationships together. It’s what makes us feel happy and calm when we spend time with people we care about. It’s what makes a friendly hug feel so good after a tough day. It’s the feeling shining in the eyes of an elderly couple, still holding hands after many decades together. Contained within that neat little peptide group is the very basis of all human love.
Next time you’re looking for a gift for your special someone, consider giving them the most romantic gift of all: The chemical recipe for love.
Remind them of how they make you feel, with these charming Oxytocin Molecule Gifts:
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