Oxytocin: The Most Perfect Christmas Present Ever!
Christmas is coming and we’ve all got presents to buy, wrap and deliver, but what do we get our loved ones? What’s the most perfect Christmas present ever? Well look no further than Oxytocin. It’s free and the best present to make your loved one’s happy. Giving them Oxytocin this Christmas is as simple as giving a 15-minute Swedish massage, with positive feedback while you do it.
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While oxytocin is best known for its role in inducing labour and bonding with children, studies by the University of California, show its also vital in maintaining healthy relationships and building healthy psychological boundaries with other people. The study is the first look into the biological basis for human attachment and bonding. It shows oxytocin mediating emotional experiences in close relationships and is the hormone that triggers all mammals to build a nest and hug their babies close to their chests. From sheep accepting their lambs, to breast-feeding, to uterine contraction, to sexual orgasm, oxytocin is the hormone facilitating it all. The study tested twenty-six non-lactating women between the ages of 23 and 35, who were asked to recall and re-experience a past relationship event that caused them to feel a positive emotion, such as love or infatuation, and a negative emotion, such as loss or abandonment. Having massaged rats! To test the theory, the participants received a 15-minute Swedish massage to the neck and shoulders, which showed increased oxytocin levels. What surprised the researchers however, was a significant difference between women who reported distress and anxiety in their relationships and women who were more secure in their relationships. Women whose oxytocin levels rose in response to massage remembering a positive relationship reported having little difficulty setting appropriate boundaries, being alone, and trying too hard to please others, while women whose oxytocin levels fell in response to remembering a negative emotional relationship reported greater problems with experiencing anxiety in close relationships.
Oxytocin is the perfect hormone for Christmas
It’s the one hormone readily available and everlasting. It’s boosted during positive experiences like massage; sex and hugs but goes down like a punctured balloon during negative experiences like loss and abandonment. Women involved in a committed relationship experienced greater oxytocin increases in response to positive emotions than single women, leaving the researchers to speculate that the deeper the relationship, the greater the oxytocin.
Make Love not War
The most perfect Christmas present ever is oxytocin and what better way to share it than with an orgasm. Released in men and women during sex, it bonds us to love and commitment. It’s the hormone that facilitates lactation and the birthing process, the hormone that builds the emotional bond between mother and child, and the hormone, which builds relationships and commitment. Overall its levels are elevated in response to relaxation massage and decreased in response to sad emotion.
Oxytocin is the hormone of Love
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