One of the benefits of nurturing relationships is that they provide a haven from life’s stress. In a quality relationship where we feel safe to be ourselves and understood, we are free to play and express our unique self.
Studies show how this happens in our bodies with the release of more oxytocin which is also known as the “love hormone” or “cuddle hormone”. Hugs, kisses and laughter help create more of this feel-good hormone.
Oxytocin has a negative relationship with another hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is our body’s anti-inflammatory stress hormone and is a life-saving response to times of danger and stress. Unfortunately, in our high-stress lifestyles, this hormone can hang around longer than is necessary and healthy, causing damage to our bodies.
The good news is that oxytocin and cortisol oppose each other. When one goes up, the other is forced to go down.
Most of us need more oxytocin to counter our stress! Do you?
We increase our levels of oxytocin when we engage hugs, laugh, play, look into someone’s eyes and smile, give gratitude and appreciations’. These balanced hormones go a long way in allowing us to control the stress we can and to better manage our reactions to the stress we can’t control.
This is an amazing change you can implement in your life today! This very minute! It is free!
We notice this may push you out of your comfort zone, yet the results are so crucial for satisfaction in relationships and general enjoyment factor in life!
Try it for a week- Lots of hugs and see how it goes!
So often in life in general and in our relationships we focus on what is not right and what we don't want. making the mind shift to what we are thankful for really does open our hearts and lives to experiencing the good things in the present and having more of them in the future. Below is a great exercise for couples as well as for individuals and families. We love creating a vision for life of what we want and how that will work. I see our relationship growing with you being encouraged and blessed by my communications and words!!
Clay and Sonja