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How to Feel a Natural Rush of Oxytocin (the ‘Love Hormone’)

How to Feel a Natural Rush of Oxytocin (the ‘Love Hormone’)

Sometimes the simplest way to drop the baditude and bring on the happiness can come through an everyday action. Certain actions activate oxytocin, aka the love hormone, which is known to induce feelings of love, trust and a sense of bonding. When you’re feeling funky, Oxytocin can turn your mood around, make you feel more connected and revive your overall energy.

There are a few natural ways to rev up the Oxytocin engine when you’ve got the blues. These great tips can be applied anywhere, anytime. Take a minute for a miracle and let the love hormone lead the way.

The first tip is to place your hand on your heart. By putting your own hand on your heart you stimulate the love hormone which sends out the inner signal that it’s safe to calm down. Once you place your hand onto your heart breathe into it. As you breathe into your heart imagine feelings of love, compassion and ease pass over you. Proactively collaborate in your healing by breathing into your heart.

This exercise will stimulate the flow of oxytocin. Then stress will subside and peace will set in. Oxytocin is a hormone that helps relax and reduce blood pressure and cortisol levels. The anti anxiety effects support growth, healing and overall happiness. Place your hand on your heart and calm down the crazy.

Another great way to stimulate oxytocin is to give someone a twenty-second hug. Yup it’s that simple. Just give someone you love a little squeeze. Make sure the hug is reciprocated. It’s important that the gesture ignites a sense of connection which will in turn stimulate oxytocin. Hug your lover, your best friend or even your pet. The sweet connection between two beings can totally change your mood.

My last suggestion is to flaunt your pearly whites and smile at someone. A genuine, heartfelt smile can connect you to a complete stranger. Smile at people you know and feel free to smile at strangers. Just express authentic, heart-centered grace through the generous gesture of a smile. In an instant you’ll feel love rush in.

Love doesn’t have to come from a romantic partner or a child. Love can come from any form of authentic connection. Take time in your life to create those connections and trust that you’re not serving yourself but you’re also spreading the love.

Excerpt from Gabrielles new book, Miracles Now

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Gabby Bernstein

Featured in the New York Times Sunday Styles section as "a new role model," motivational speaker, life coach and author Gabrielle Bernstein is making her mark. Expanding the lexicon for the next generation spiritual seekers, Gabrielle is a #1 bestselling author of the book Add More ~ing to Your Life A hip guide to happiness, and Spirit Junkie, A Radical Road to Self-Love and Miracles. In 2008 she launched her social networking site HerFuture.com for young women to find mentors. HerFuture's growing community exceeds 12,000 members.

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3:21PM PDT on Jul 1, 2014

Twenty hugs will do it for me. Are they elephant hugs?

5:08PM PDT on Apr 24, 2014

Great article w/ simple techniques that can be applied almost anytime. It was the perfect companion article w/ How to avoid Freakouts. 2 articles I NEEDED to read today!!!!!

4:16AM PDT on Apr 24, 2014

Love it - that's great! We do need to spread more love around and put good feelings out everywhere - I really think fostering love, connectiveness, and compassion are of the major keys to ending slavery - human and animal.

9:25AM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

Very informative.

9:25AM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

Good article.

7:01PM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

Hug everyone all the time, that works :)

6:51PM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

As a kid, I'd smile at strangers and they always smiled back. As an adult though, strangers don't smile back as often. Sometimes they even look surprised, distrustful, or otherwise weirded-out. The most receptive adults of my smiles are the homeless. But if I smile at a kid, they know what's up and sometimes wave or say hello.

From my experience, the sense of family and abundance of love that we are born into can fade away by adulthood, especially in this era, where money is what makes most of us smile. It's even an occupation to smile these days; they call it "customer service".

7:57PM PDT on Apr 14, 2014

Thank you!

6:06PM PDT on Apr 12, 2014

I'd been in a self-judgmental place, but I spent time w/a friend. our conversation and smiles were hugs w/o the physical contact. and I feel so much better (so do they!) enjoying the comments. ty.

8:12PM PDT on Apr 10, 2014

Just reading your comments gives me the warm fuzzies. You're all wonderful!

BIG hugs.

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