Encourage the Production of this “Bliss Hormone”!

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day this year? Chances are, you’ll be connecting with someone special. This connection, including touching, releases a powerful hormone called oxytocin which helps create the feeling of falling in love. No wonder it is known as the “Bliss Hormone”!

Hugs!There’s more: Oxytocin is known to lower blood pressure, decrease stress, boost immunity, reduce pain, increase energy, override fear and reduce anxiety.

Reach out and touch someone.

Did you know that loneliness increases blood pressure while feeling “connected” lowers it? Even small expressions of support and touch between family members and friends stimulate the release of oxytocin which naturally enhances a sense of self-esteem and optimism. It also benefits other systems in the body contributing to health and happiness. All you have to do is connect, love and hug someone.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Pani Shoja, MD
Urgent Care Hawaii
Medical Director


About Urgent Care Hawaii: Urgent Care Hawaii medical clinics provide immediate and urgent medical care on Oahu for Pearl City, Honolulu, Waikiki, Waipahu, Aiea, Kapolei, Kunia, Waipio, Makakilo, Halawa, Mililani, Kailua and Ewa Beach. The clinics provide quick and affordable options for people needing immediate medical care and treatment for common or everyday health problems seven days a week – no appointments are necessary. The Pearl City location is certified by The Urgent Care Association of America and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce Hawaii.

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