– New research suggests sex inspires spirituality and increase your beliefs
– According to this study, it’s all about oxytocin
– So-called “love hormone” is released during sex, childbirth and breastfeeding
According to the research, sex releases a ‘love hormone’ oxytocin not only promotes social bonding, altruism but also divinity – especially in men.
Researchers at Duke University, in North Carolina, say that sex could inspire a belief – or an increased belief – in God and religion.
Lead author Patty Van Cappellen, a social psychologist at the American University, said: “Spirituality and meditation have each been linked to health and well-being in previous research.
“We were interested in understanding biological factors that may enhance those spiritual experiences. Oxytocin appears to be part of the way our bodies support spiritual beliefs.”
To test the chemical reaction some of the men were given the hormone while others took a placebo. The men who got a dose of the ‘love hormone’ were more likely to say that spirituality was an important part of their lives.
Dr. Van Cappellen added: “Spirituality is complex and affected by many factors. However, oxytocin does seem to affect how we perceive the world and what we believe. Oxytocin's effects on women's spirituality still needs to be investigated.”