Would you like to be a better and more generous person?

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Deolu Akinyemi

Every time I have the opportunity of studying the human body, it always intrigues me. We don’t need the sun, moon, stars, or planetary bodies to give us insight into the presence of God. We need not travel further than our own bodies to find evidence of an extremely intelligent supreme being.

Imagine facts like the human heart never taking a break. Or the blood vessels in one human body being long enough to go around the earth twice if stretched out – 60,000 miles. Or the fact that the human heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood daily which is about an 8 by 10ft swimming pool.

The Human body is breathtaking—the facts about how the different parts of the bodywork are awe-inspiring. Today, we want to explore some of the hormones that the body emits and uses to control some body functions and cycles.

The human body’s regulators are collectively known as the endocrine system. The endocrine system is a network of glands that produce and secrete hormones, which are chemical messengers that regulate many different bodily functions, including growth and development, metabolism, mood, and sexual function. The glands of the endocrine system include the pituitary gland, thyroid gland, parathyroid glands, adrenal glands, pancreas, ovaries (in females), and testes (in males). The hormones they produce are released into the bloodstream and carried to different parts of the body, where they interact with cells and tissues to control various bodily processes.

Some of these hormones or chemical messengers include Dopamine, Adrenalin, Serotonin, Insulin, Melatonin, and Oxytocin. If you want to be better, kinder, or more generous, then you need to take a closer look at oxytocin.

Oxytocin is often referred to as the “love hormone” or the “cuddle hormone” because it plays a role in social bonding, trust, and attachment. Here are some of the feelings that are commonly associated with oxytocin:

1. Love and affection: Oxytocin is released during social interactions, such as hugging, cuddling, or kissing, and is often associated with feelings of love and affection. It can also be released during sexual activity and is thought to play a role in orgasm and sexual satisfaction.

2. Trust and bonding: Oxytocin has been shown to promote trust and bonding between individuals. When oxytocin is released, people tend to feel more trusting and are more likely to engage in cooperative behaviours.

3. Calm and relaxation: Oxytocin has been shown to have calming effects and can reduce anxiety and stress levels. It can also promote feelings of relaxation and well-being.

4. Empathy and compassion: Oxytocin has been shown to enhance empathy and compassion for others. It can increase emotional sensitivity and make people more attuned to the emotions and needs of others.

5. Generosity and altruism: Oxytocin has been shown to increase generosity and altruistic behaviour. People who receive oxytocin are more likely to give to others and make charitable donations.

6. Positive mood: Oxytocin has been linked to a positive mood and can improve overall well-being. It can reduce feelings of depression and increase feelings of happiness and contentment.

7. Parent-child bonding: Oxytocin is released during childbirth and breastfeeding and is thought to play a role in parent-child bonding. It can promote feelings of attachment and nurturing behaviours.

8. Social recognition: Oxytocin can enhance social recognition, making it easier for people to remember and recognize others in their social network. It can also make people more attuned to social cues and body language.

Now with a regular dose of oxytocin, you are likely to become a better and more generous person. I bet you will be curious about how oxytocin gets released.

There are many ways to stimulate the body to generate more oxytocin, here are a few ways.

1. Physical touch: Oxytocin is often released during physical touches, such as hugging, cuddling, or holding hands. Engaging in positive physical touch can help promote feelings of connection and well-being.

2. Positive social interactions: Positive social interactions, such as spending time with loved ones or engaging in social activities, can stimulate oxytocin production. Engaging in activities that promote social bonding and connection can help increase oxytocin levels.

3. Massage: Massage has been shown to increase oxytocin levels, possibly due to the physical touch and relaxation it provides.

4. Meditation: Mindfulness meditation has been shown to increase oxytocin levels in some studies. Focusing on positive emotions and social connections during meditation may help stimulate oxytocin production.

5. Exercise: Exercise has been shown to increase oxytocin levels in some studies. Engaging in regular physical activity can help promote overall well-being and may boost oxytocin levels.

6. Laughing: Laughing and experiencing joy can increase oxytocin levels. Engaging in activities that promote laughter and joy, such as watching a funny movie or spending time with friends, may help stimulate oxytocin production.

It’s important to note that oxytocin production can be influenced by a range of factors, including genetics, environment, and individual differences. While the above methods may help stimulate oxytocin production for most people, they may not work for everyone.

 

Kind Regards,

Adeolu Akinyemi.

 

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