Simple Trick Can Make Your Partner (and You) Nicer, Healthier… and Happier
Practically since the day the first movie theater opened, the formula for romance has been to take your girl out for dinner and a movie. And all the smart guys know that means watching a “chick flick” – a romantic comedy or a tearjerker.
Over the years, nothing much has changed in this tried-and-true formula. Plenty of happy marriages have begun with dinner and a movie.
But here’s something you probably didn’t know… You can use the secret behind dinner and a movie to make your partner a better person. And they can return the favor.
When you put this secret to work, you may also get a bonus: a boost in sex appeal.
So how do dinner and a move make someone a better person? In a word, oxytocin.
Oxytocin (OT, for short) is a hormone you don’t hear much about. It’s a “social” hormone. When your body releases more oxytocin, you feel warmer towards others and more socially inclined.
OT builds the bond between a mother and her newborn. (Breastfeeding triggers a flood of OT.) It’s also the glue that holds many mammal groups together. And research shows it plays an important role in our social lives.
For example, when your OT levels rise you feel more trusting of people… you become more generous… and more sensitive to other people’s mental states.
In other words, OT makes you nicer.
Researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) discovered it can also affect your blood pressure and heart rate. When they triggered higher OT levels in a group of volunteers, the researchers saw the women’s blood pressure and heart rates come down.1
You’ll probably like the trick they used to get these results, too. (More on that in a few moments.)
OT also promotes calm and helps you beat stress.2 It supports lower levels of certain stress hormones.
So OT also contributes to your good health.
OT promotes bonding and feelings of closeness. These feelings can make a marriage – or any relationship, for that matter – stronger and happier.
The trick with boosting OT levels is there’s no nutritional supplement to get the job done. But don’t worry… because boosting your partner’s OT levels is easy. Here are a few proven ways to do it:
- Go dancing. Waltz, tango, fox trot… but get out on the dance floor together. Dancing with a partner can boost your OT levels by more than 10%.
- Hug. No kidding. That’s the trick the UNC team used to get their volunteers’ OT levels up – and blood pressure down.
- Give your partner a massage. 15 minutes is all it takes to boost their OT levels.
- Hold hands. Hold your partner’s hand or put your arm around them. Either way, your OT levels – and theirs – should rise.
- Make love. Most of these suggestions will help you get in the mood anyway, so why not follow through? Foreplay boosts OT levels… and an orgasm puts them through the roof.
Finally, to get a real blast of OT, watch an emotional movie. In a 2009 study, watching a movie that triggered feelings of empathy boosted OT levels an average of 47%.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 Light, K.C., et al, “More frequent partner hugs and higher oxytocin levels are linked to lower blood pressure and heart rate in premenopausal women,” Biological Psychology. Apr 2005; 69(1): 5-21.
2 Neumann, I.D. et al, “Oxytocin: The Neuropeptide of Love Reveals Some of Its Secrets,” Cell Metabolism. Apr 4, 2007; 5(4): 231–233.
3 Barraza, J.A. and Zak, P.J., “Empathy toward Strangers Triggers Oxytocin Release and Subsequent Generosity,” Annals of the NY Academy of Sciences. Jun 2009; 1167: 182–189.
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