Regular sexual activity may actually bring you closer to God, according to new research from the US.
The throes of passion have prompted many to take the Lord’s name in vain but, for the most part, this has not necessarily correlated to an increased belief in all that the heavenly kingdom holds.
A research team from Duke University in the US think otherwise though and it’s all down to a hormone known as oxytocin.
Their study showed that the release of this particular hormone plays a role in not only helping childbirth in woman and general social bonding but may also increase feelings of religiousness among men.
Based on a study of middle-aged male subjects, the research team found that those with a boost level of oxytocin reported an increase in feelings of spirituality.
“Oxytocin does seem to affect how we perceive the world and what we believe”
Based on two separate measures, these feelings of increased religiousness remained strong for a considerable amount of time and contrasted the results of the study’s control group, whom reported to no increase in thoughts about God.
Alongside these new beliefs, test subjects who received the hormone experienced an increase in positive emotions, particularly during periods of meditation.
Responses ranged from those who felt “all life is interconnected” to those who saw “there is a higher plane of consciousness or spirituality that binds all people.”
More importantly, the results remains the same regardless of whether the test subject was already part of an organised religion.
Published in the scientific journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, lead author Patty Van Cappallen urged people not to read too much into the findings.
“Spirituality is complex and affected by many factors,”she explained.
“However, oxytocin does seem to affect how we perceive the world and what we believe.”
So basically don’t start swapping Church visits for more carnal activities. God sees all, guys.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.