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Be forewarned, when coming into contact with a dog, you might catch some happy hormones!
We certainly feel better when surrounded by our canine companions, but what’s actually going on behind the scenes? The human-canine bond seems linked to a “feel good” hormone called oxytocin. Oxytocin is released in both humans and dogs when they interact, while playing, snuggling, walking together, or simply gazing in each other’s eyes. It’s also called the “bonding hormone,” “love hormone”, “happy hormone,” and “cuddle chemical.” It supports cooperation, social bonding, and feelings of wellness, happiness, calm, affection, and trust. Imagine that: those of us who live with dogs have access 24/7 to this “happy hormone!”
Feeling blue? Call your dog. Seriously! Stop what you’re doing, sit, stay, and snuggle with your dog. Let his pure unbridled passion and enthusiasm for life fill your heart with joy! I can’t help but stand in awe and thank God for creating such an incredibly loving and unique animal that can comfort, heal our wounds, and bring so much happiness into our lives. We are truly blessed!
“There’s no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” —Ben Williams
Leila is the recipient of the AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Public Service Award. She writes to inspire love, care, and compassion for dogs. About the Author.
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