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Happy Valentine's Day! The Science of Hugs

Happy Valentine's Day!  Hugs feel great, don't they?  Want to know why?   SCIENCE!!!!

That's right, like most things in life, there is a scientific explanation for why hugs make you feel great.  The secret is a magical word - Oxytocin.

Oxytocin is a chemical that your pituitary gland releases in certain situations.  Your pituitary gland is a small object (about the size of a pea) that is at the base of your brain.  The pituitary gland is what controls the release of chemicals in your body called hormones.  Hormones are like your body's messengers; they travel in your blood and tell your body's tissues and organs how to grow and function.  They also control mood.  Which brings us back to Oxytocin.

Oxytocin can do many things in your body (It helps women start to produce milk to feed their babies and it is often used to help mothers go into labor).  But it is also known as the "cuddle hormone".  The release of Oxytocin facilitates bonding between two people.  When you hug someone, your pituitary gland responds by releasing Oxytocin which can bring you even closer to each other. 

So this Valentine's Day, why not give someone a hug.  The best way to have better chemistry with someone is, well, through chemistry!

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