In the spirit of Valentine's Day we thought we'd share some knowledge about the love hormone in our bodies called Oxytocin.
Oxytocin is a hormone that is produced in our brain and is popularly known as the "cuddle hormone", or "love hormone". It has been shown that cuddling, snuggling, or bonding with loved ones, can give us a surge of Oxytocin, making us feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside.
When we get a surge of Oxytocin in our bodies, we are aided in building social relationships by increasing empathy in perspective taking during social interactions, and increasing social recognition. Furthermore, Oxytocin is known to be involved in the formation of trust between people by reducing fear, and increasing feelings of calm and relaxation. Scientific research has also identified that even bigger surges of Oxytocin are released during sex, childbirth, and breastfeeding.
So, this Valentine's Day, whether you're snuggling with a loved one, spending time with your pets, giving a friend, sibling, or family member a hug, or bonding with your child, you'll likely be experiencing a surge in Oxytocin making you feel good!
By Dr Celin Gelgec and the Team at Melbourne Wellbeing Group.