I always wondered why my mood drastically improves after one of my “highway driving singing sessions”. For me, a “highway driving singing session” involves a little more than turning the volume up and singing along. A “highway driving singing session” means I am putting on a full concert from my seat for everyone I drive past. It seems that this transformation into Teyonce’ 🙂 is giving me a boost in OXYTOCIN(not to be confused with Oxycontin), the happy hormone!
Oxytocin, otherwise known as the feel-good hormone, is produced by the brain and released by the pituitary gland. It is considered a feel-good hormone because it can help improve mood, fight stress, and even relieve pain. It seems to me you can’t lose with a little oxytocin in your life.
So, how can you get a boost in oxytocin, you ask? Here are a couple of suggestions.
- Turn the Music Up and Dance
- Put Your Hand Over Your Heart and hold it there for at least 20 seconds.
As I think about it, maybe my oxytocin inducing “highway driving singing sessions” just might be boosting oxytocin levels for those I pass on the highway as well. I hope so!