Love and Oxytocin

Cupid’s arrows must be dipped in oxytocin. Also referred to as the “Love Hormone”, oxytocin is involved in social recognition and bonding, and is believed to play a part in the formation of trust between people.

When you’re attracted to another person, your brain releases dopamine, your serotonin levels increase, and oxytocin is produced. This causes you to feel a surge of positive emotion.

Some of the possible relationship-enhancing benefits of oxytocin include:

  • trust
  • gazing
  • empathy
  • positive relationship memories
  • fidelity
  • positive communication
  • processing of bonding cues

Some ways to increase the release of oxytocin include:

  • Making Eye Contact

When you smile warmly and look into one another’s eyes, oxytocin can encourage a sense of trust.

  • Hugs

A warm embrace can release oxytocin and increase the desire to stay and cuddle

  • Holding Hands

Touch can decrease the stress hormone cortisol, lower blood pressure, and release oxytocin

  • Kissing

A smooch may start out with a rush of dopamine and desire but can lead to a sweet surge of oxytocin.

  • Playing Music and Dancing

Music and dancing can enhance your mood and, yup you guessed it, the release of oxytocin.

So, get your oxytocin on!

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