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The Happy Hormone

The Happy Hormone
By drodriguez
on Nov 15, 2010 :: comments image 12 Comments
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What makes us happy may differ from person to person, but one scientist, Paul Zak, is now willing to bet that a good dose of the hormone oxytocin will do the trick for just about any woman.  Zak, a researcher from Claremont Graduate University, recently presented some findings about this hormone and how women who produce more of it appear to be happier than those who have lower levels.  

A recent report from NPR (National Public Radio) discusses Zak’s findings and the importance of the oxytocin hormone in women.  Women produce this hormone naturally throughout their lives and it is responsible for women’s ability to lactate and begin contracting when in labor.  Interestingly, oxytocin can also help men and women become more trusting of one another and feel empathy toward each other.  

In the study Zak and a team of researchers conducted, college age women were given $24 gifts from strangers.  Their oxytocin levels were measured before and after receiving the gift and what was found was that the hormone levels rose in all the women who experienced this small act of kindness.  But the amount the hormone increased differed from person to person.  

Another important aspect was found through a satisfaction of life survey that was taken earlier.  The surveys showed that women who had a higher increase of oxytocin after receiving the gift felt happier about their lives in general.  Zak says, “Women who release more oxytocin are happier. They like being around other people more, they have more sex per month, and they have more resilience to adverse events.”

It is thought that having high oxytocin levels helps women build stronger relationships and trust their partners more.  And it is no surprise that many studies have shown a link between happiness and strong relationships.  

What do you think of the findings that high levels of oxytocin can make women happy?

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MadHatter   ::  on Nov 16, 2010  

i think this also varies on where you live as well because where I live, NYC, i believe it was recently named the #1 state where stress is high that makes a lot of unhappy people. I don't think this study is very accurate.

msfriendly   ::  on Nov 16, 2010  

I agree that your job, family life, friends, and where you live have the most to do if you are happy on a daily basis.

hopefulcoupon   ::  on Nov 16, 2010  

interesting

sister3of5   ::  on Nov 16, 2010  

I think the study is awesome. I would love if they could get Oxytocin in a pill form now!!!

girl17   ::  on Nov 16, 2010  

Interesting is right! They should follow up and see if different daily events reduce oxytocin levels

enchantinglight   ::  on Nov 17, 2010  

Very interesting. Don't think we'll see this one in a pill form anytime soon (it's what they use to induce labor in women). However, if you are breastfeeding this is released each time you nurse so it might help with baby blues or post-partum depression if this is true.

juliekk   ::  on Nov 17, 2010  

Too early to tell. They need more studies.

mardel   ::  on Nov 18, 2010  

Just like with any other study more testing needs to be done! There are many factors in a woman's life that could effect the level of Oxytocin that need to be taken in consideration!

shelly_noble24   ::  on Nov 20, 2010  

intresting indeed.yes they do need to follow up more on this.although im sure there are othe facters as well.still find this intresting

yamagirl   ::  on Nov 21, 2010  

I am agreeing with everyone else. It all depends on everything in your life.

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