Sometimes called the “cuddle hormone” or “feel-good hormone,” oxytocin is produced by the hypothalamus and released by the pituitary gland when we’re physically affectionate, producing what some describe as warm feelings – feelings of connection, bonding, and trust.
Oxytocin is a natural pain reliever that calms you and eases stress. It can even help wounds heal faster!
Another defining characteristic of oxytocin is its compounding nature: The more oxytocin you release by being affectionate, the more you want to hug, touch, and hold hands. It’s a snowball effect that can spell great things not only for meaningful relationships, but for your long-term personal well-being and overall health.