Research has shown that neuropeptide oxytocin, also known as the bliss hormone, can deliver the following benefits:
• Living longer. One of the main ways of acquiring the oxytocin is through skin-to-skin contact with another human being — simple touch and closeness. It is one of the main reasons that couples who touch each other live longer than single people.
• Faster recovery from illness and living longer whilst living on your own. Touch with animals has some beneficial effect as well. Oxytocin quite likely plays a role in why pet owners heal more quickly from illness and live longer than singles without pets.
• Parent – child bonding. Oxytocin has a powerful effect on infants bringing greater bonding and mental and physical health for both parents and children.
• Increases empathy and generosity
• Reduces stress (and can help with PTSD)
• Improves digestion (it improves gut motility and decreases intestinal inflammation)
• Acts as an anti-depressant and helps with anxiety
• Can help with weight loss
• Can heal wounds through its anti-inflammatory properties and also provide pain relief
• It improves social skills – There are currently studies ongoing about the effects of oxytocin on autism
• Through its trust building actions, can help to heal emotional wounds
• Reduces drug cravings
• Reduces cortisol and promotes sleep
• Helps to crystallise emotional memories and can thus help with emotional healing
• Brings greater heart health – emotionally and physically
• Oxytocin reduces cell deaths in an injured heart and reduces certain inflammatory factors that can slow healing
• It helps with childbirth
• It naturally enhances a sense of: