Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Interact with your dog to increase your oxytocin
Oxytocin is a hormone that forms the unshakable bond between mothers and babies and is known to be the human stimulant of empathy, generosity, trust, and more (Paul J. Zak, a professor at Claremont Graduate University has conducted a lot of research on it). It's not the same thing as the pain-killer called oxycontin, that's totally different).
Now our friends at Fast Company magazine report on research from Japan showing that oxytocin levels rise in people who interact in an affectionate way with their dogs. In other words, snuggling with your dog floods your system with the love drug.
But we already knew that, didn't we?