Secret Of Oxytocin (The Love Hormone): Doing Good For Others, You Do Good For Yourself
OXYTOCIN: THE LOVE HORMONE:
“Love is of all the passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.” –Lao Tzu
Stephanie Watson from Harvard Health accurately describes this powerful and absolutely necessary hormone: ‘Oxytocin is a hormone that’s produced in the hypothalamus and released into the bloodstream by the pituitary gland. Its main function is to facilitate childbirth, which is one of the reasons it is called the “love drug” or “love hormone.” Our bodies also produce oxytocin when we’re excited by our sexual partner, and when we fall in love. That’s why it has earned the nicknames, “love hormone” and “cuddle hormone.” A more promising way to boost oxytocin naturally is with exercise. One study noted a jump in oxytocin levels measured in participants’ saliva after high-intensity martial arts training. Music also seems to have the ability to increase oxytocin levels, especially when people sing in a group, which adds the element of bonding. Just the simple act of touch seems to boost oxytocin release. Giving someone a massage, cuddling, making love, or giving someone a hug leads to higher levels of this hormone and a greater sense of well-being. Low oxytocin levels have been linked to symptoms of depression, including postpartum depression.”
You know that warm-in-the-Soul feeling that you get when you play with a cute dog, cat, or baby—that’s the Oxytocin in you getting going! That surreal and sublime transcending of time when you’re with someone that you find physically, emotionally and spiritually compatible—that’s the Oxytocin! You know those butterflies fluttering in your tummy and those sparks pulsating all throughout your veins as you hold hands with a Soul Mate–with someone that you legitimately love—that’s the Oxytocin. That perfect internal harmony when you’re reunited with loved ones– giving them a big hug—that’s the Oxytocin; how about receiving and giving authentic compliments and praise—that is the Oxytocin, my love!
Oxytocin is the hormone that makes you human; Oxytocin is the hormone that allows for you to truly evolve into being the proper human being—walking alongside the pristine path of Integrity and Honor. One of the most efficient ways to boost Oxytocin production and equilibrium is to do a good deed; a “Mitzvah” as my Jewish peeps calls it.
A Mitzvah is a circular Blessing: you do something good for others and in return you do something good for yourself—via generating and properly conducting this ethereal hormone that you’re blessed to have course through your Mind, Body and Spirit. Everything in life is a quid pro quo: Karma, Law of Attraction, Kismet, magnetism, and probability are a few ways that one might cognize this phenomenon as. Said concept is the same with your bodies: workout and eat well—you’re going to reap the benefits; eat sh-t and be a couch potato—you’re going to feel and look rather awful! This isn’t exactly rocket science: it’s basic understanding and common sense; unfortunately way too many people lack that all-too-obvious X-factor that allows them to make use of their higher potential: DISCIPLINE!
Do Good then Feel Good:
When you partake in multiple good deeds/Mitzvahs: your Oxytocin transforms into an exponentially-heightening bliss. I’m referencing said good deeds within a multitudinous spectrum: good deeds for others (charity for the homeless and downtrodden, helping friends and family with errands, assisting your elderly neighbors, animal welfare, environmental protection, prayers for humanity); as well as good deeds for yourself (eating well, exercising, meditation, treating yourself to a spa day, breath∞work, etc). The better it is that you treat yourself = the better it is that you treat others, and vice versa.
When I was a nerdy teenager trying to find myself, I’d partake in a myriad of different clubs and hobbies; one such hobby was playing this fantastical role-playing game called Magic the Gathering (MTG). This was a game chock-full of wizards, sprites, fairies, elves, all sorts of whimsical little doohickeys! You’d customize this deck full of these creatures and spells and lands and challenge your opponents with it; perhaps the most potent and powerful deck was called a “Sliver Deck.” In the MTG universe, a Sliver is a relatively powerless being but, as you play more of these seemingly weak Slivers—every Sliver gets bestowed the abilities/strengths of all of its other Sliver brothers and sisters. There was also the Sliver Queen: the most powerful of all Slivers that exponentially supercharges all of her progeny. So, if one of the Slivers can fly—all Slivers could now fly; if one of the Slivers is immune to some spell(s)—then all of the other Slivers are as well.
“One hand washes the other!”
Do good things for others and you’re simultaneously blessing yourself; it’s so simple yet so complicated for many of us out there! One’s hormones carry the same disposition! When Adrenaline gets more balanced then Oxytocin gets more balanced; a lovely you scratch my back, I scratch yours! Who’s the Sliver Queen of your endocrine system? You are, Silly Billy!
Banner Image: One hand washes the other. Image Credit – Manuel Darío Fuentes Hernández
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