We'd all love to be able to pop a pill to instantly boost our oxytocin. Wouldn't it be great if whenever we felt lonely or disconnected, we could quickly get an oxytocin buzz? Unfortunately, as I tell people, there is not instant fix. However, science shows that it's very possible to naturally boost oxytocin levels.
The key is to practice behavior that tend to provoke the oxytocin response. For some people, that's as easy as calling someone on the phone or going into a social situation. For shyer people, like me, sometimes being around strangers can produce anxiety instead of connection.
A wonderful antidote to shyness is helping others. In Paul Zak's experiments, inhaling oxytocin made people more generous. And Stephanie Brown of the University of Michigan found that elderly people who cared for a spouse who was ill significantly reduced their risk of death; she thinks that's because of increased levels of oxytocin.
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