Chemistry of Love


    Don’t you love that magical feeling you get being around your special someone? The brush of their hand against yours, the connection when you look into their eyes, the warm feelings of a mother nursing her child. When it happens, you feel secure and content.
    All these feelings are related to bonding between people. And they are all due to the hormone oxytocin – the self-made love potion.
    Oxytocin is a hormone made in brains of mammals (and at least some birds). Our brains release it when we have a “bonding moment” as varied as touching, making love, or childbirth. When oxytocin is released, contentment, calmness and security goes up, anxiety goes down. Oxytocin is the love hormone.
    So go out this Valentine’s Day and give someone the gift of oxytocin. You’ll both feel better.

About Amy Law

Amy Law is a science geek. She feels about science the way some people feel about music, or art, or sports – a total and complete emotional connection. She thinks in science. For Amy, there’s nothing better than helping people see the beauty of science as she does. She loves to untangle a complicated subject into its parts, explaining it so that anybody can understand what’s happening. Let her show you her world...
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