May 1, 2011

Royal Hormones: Is Kate Middleton a Perfect Specimen?

While I may not quite have had royal fever, I relished watching a video of Kate Middleton have her day in the limelight.


Okay, we know she had a team of makeup artists and other handlers getting her camera-ready for three billion viewers, but even so, she looked fan-tas-tico. She looked relaxed and joyous. Glistening hair, glistening eyes. Fit. She seemed like a perfect hormonal specimen. Same story with her sister, Philippa, shown in the above photo as her maid of honor.

Right. Perhaps I am guilty of reducing the beautiful Kate Middleton, now Duchess of Cambridge, to her looks alone. But Kate illustrates an important point by serving as a touchstone for an ideal hormonal specimen. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting that you or I need to become a Kate. I rather love the ease and internal reprogramming that comes with age and wisdom.

But, still….

What’s an ideal hormonal specimen? Stable mood. Strong nails: not brittle or soft. No PMS-driven homicidal tendencies. Deliciously restorative sleep. Strong libidinal energy. You wake up and want to greet the world. You want to kiss your partner, even though he’s bald and brandishes a ridiculous sword. You don’t feel like the grumpy bridesmaid, below, to the left of Kate.

Let’s take it one step further: you’re wildly in love and want to run off with your partner. Not in a saccharinny, fairy tale way—but in a living life fully, deeply, drunkenly-good way.

Drunk, that is, on oxytocin, the hormone of love and bonding.

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