Learn how to manage stress naturally.
One moment of happiness that many of us can relate to is that moment when you buy your first home, or your first car.
You’re excited for all of the new potential these objects will bring you.
For the first couple of weeks and months, it works – you are as happy as you imagined.
But then something peculiar happens – the happiness fades.
Researchers call this “hedonic adaptation” or the “hedonic treadmill”.
Oxytocin is not just a “love” or “cuddle” hormone – it is a general anti-stress hormone that may help lower levels of cortisol, reduce blood pressure, and more.
Textbooks typically refer to oxytocin as a bonding hormone that is released during breastfeeding, or after an orgasm. But there are many other triggers of oxytocin release such as warm temperature and touch, smells, sounds and other social cues (3; 4).