After having sex, do you ever feel like heading off to church? You know – you’ve just had some good times, you’re snuggling down, and think, “Yes, I think I’ll say a prayer now”.
If you feel prompted to do such things, science might explain it. Especially if you’re male. According to new research, having sex could inspire some sort of divinity within us – a greater sense of purpose, perhaps.
Researchers at Duke University say that sex could inspire a belief – or an increased belief – in God and religion.
Sex releases something called oxytocin. It’s also known as the “hug hormone” and “cuddle chemical”, as it plays a crucial role in love and affection. Oxytocin occurs naturally within us and is stimulated during sex, childbirth, and breastfeeding.
For a long time, the chemical has been known to promote social bonding, trust, and even altruism. Now, scientists say it could also incite spirituality in men too.
Research assistant, Professor Dr. Patty Van Cappellen, says: “Spirituality and meditation have each been linked to health and well-being in previous research.
“We were interested in understanding the biological factors that may enhance those spiritual experiences. Oxytocin appears to be part of the way our bodies support spiritual beliefs.”
According to the study, women produce more oxytocin than men, but Duke University hasn’t yet studied it affects female godliness.
The study was conducted by giving some men extra oxytocin while other men received a placebo. Participants who got the actual hormone were more likely to say spirituality was an important part of their lives and inspired a sense of “interconnection with other people and living things.”