You know that lovey-dovey feeling you get while cuddling with your significant other-when you forget all about how pissed you were that he came home late AND didn't bring apology cheesecake, or how annoying it is that she always leaves little toothpaste ghosts in the bathroom sink?
That happy feeling is due to a release of oxytocin in the body. Often dubbed the "love hormone," oxytocin has a little party in your brain during all kinds of stuff, from orgasm to giving birth, facilitating that loving, bonding feeling. And it can help you end a relationship fight in minutes.
For an experiment at Zurich University, researchers brought in 47 couples aged 20-50 who were either married or had lived together for at least a year. They gave the couples either five puffs of a placebo spray or five puffs of a spray containing oxytocin, asked the couple to choose a topic of conflict in their relationship, closed the door, and let them have at it forRead More »from 5 Minutes to a Better Relationship