“A Profound Calming Effect”

Posted: March 24th, 2010 | Author: skwilcox | Filed under: Calm, News, Trust | No Comments »

That's how one researcher described the effects of oxytocin. In her book, Inner Peace for Busy Women, Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. describes the oxytocin released by touching and even talking as having a profound calming effect.

Again, women seem to be more receptive to the effects of oxytocin than men, and some of the key ways they are able to boost their levels of the trust hormone include touching, especially skin-to-skin, and talking with others.

No one has really defined what type of talk spurs oxytocin release, but I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that it doesn't have to be quoting Walt Whitman verses or whispering sweet nothings. (On the other hand, you probably don't want to come off as an intense, creepy, stalker type either). Just talk. Nice easy conversation. Put the focus on her: what do you like to do, where did you grow up, that's a beautiful bracelet…where did you get it. Get the picture?

See an article discussing the book here.

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