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Those of us with pets know they have a magical ability to make us laugh, smile or just be happy, and while you can probably think of a dozen ways they do this, you might be surprised to learn that hormones are involved.
Oxytocin is a hormone secreted by the posterior lobe of the pituitary gland. It’s sometimes known as the “cuddle hormone”, because it is released when people snuggle up or bond socially and can induce strong feelings of love and trust.
For a long time, oxytocin has been known as the link that bonds mother and child, but is it possible that that same hormone can bond pets and humans?
Studies point to yes!
Here are three ways pets and oxytocin spread happiness to humans: