Oxytocin is a powerful hormone that’s released when two humans bump uglies. And apparently when it comes to men, the hormone increases spirituality, and makes them feel closer to that nebulous force we call God, according to a new study from Duke University.
Linked to good things like altruism, social bonding, and generally warm feelings, Oxytocin is known among scientists as the “love hormone.” As part of the study, which was published in the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, researchers gave middle-aged men doses of Oxytocin, who then reported a preponderance of heady, spiritual thoughts immediately afterward. According to Duke Today, the blissful feelings lasted as long as a week.
When queried about their feelings, respondents gave answers typical of middle-aged dudes you might find at a yoga commune. When asked, for example, if “there is a higher plane of consciousness or spirituality that binds all people,” or if “all life is interconnected,” many respondents answered in the affirmative, and enthusiastically so. Their answers differed very slightly, regardless of whether they belonged to a certain religion, researchers noted.