Is your child shy and socially awkward?
Oxytocin or the love hormone also known as the cuddle hormone that works a lot like ‘e’ or ecstasy, so I’ve been told. But in no way am I promoting any kind of drugs whatsoever. However do you find your child to be socially inept or just plain ole shy? Findings have shown that children with lower levels of Oxytocin tend to be socially awkward and research has also proved it to be as the underlying cause of autism.
Children blessed with naturally high levels of oxytocin are savvier at communicating with others and interpreting social signals or situations. The findings also showed that oxytocin levels are highly inheritable. Oxytocin is released during most activities that cause people to bond to one another – sexual intimacy, hugging, kissing, holding hands, giving birth and breast-feeding, among them.
Oxytocin creates intimacy, trust, and builds healthy relationships. The cultivation of oxytocin is essential for creating strong bonds and improved social interactions. Often referred to as the cuddle hormone, a simple way to keep oxytocin flowing is to give someone a hug. Dr. Paul Zak explains that inter-personal touch not only raises oxytocin, but reduces cardiovascular stress and improves the immune system; rather than just a hand shake, go in for the hug. Dr. Zak recommends eight hugs each day.
There is a bunch of different ways to get the oxytocin pumping in your child! It’s easy to shower your little one with love. A long hug or cuddle several times a day will be calming. Rough-and-tumble social play like tag and wrestling also boosts oxytocin. Running around on the playground with friends is fun but also has benefits for mental (and physical) health. And, as an added bonus, adults can get the same benefits from playing like this too! A little oxytocin can go a long way.