Just relax, reach out and touch somebody


Last updated 1/1/2009 at Noon

We all know what adrenaline is (except that we’re supposed to call it epinephrine now). It’s that hormone that makes us want to go, go, go! Lift that car! Jump that building! Pick that fight! Finish that marathon!

When we want to de-stress it’s a good idea to lower the epinephrine levels so we can relax and calm ourselves. But how do we switch off the adrenalin spigot and get some internal peace and quiet?

Ah, Mother Nature never misses a trick, and for once she is on the ladies’ side. Inside our brains is a chemical called oxytocin, which has been called the “cuddle hormone.”...

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