If you ever meditate, enjoy a sport, get lost in a book or a film, you know what it feels like to be totally immersed in feelings of happiness. We release feel-good hormones at these times- serotonin, oxytocin and neurotransmitters like dopamine – all of which help us to feel happy, calm, safe and content.
If you sit for a moment and truly allow a feeling of gratitude to flood your heart, the same thing occurs. When oxytocin levels are raised wonderful things happen on physiological levels. Research has shown it improves circulation because it is a vasodilator, and this is good for heart health.