Why do I get goosebumps?

If you listened the The Hot Flush this week, the Premiere Podcast for the Peri-menopausal, you would understand the title of this blog post straight away. For you see, during the recordings I got goosebumps. BADLY! And I asked Mrs Berry why did we get goosebumps and she didn’t know. Then I said that I might do some research and share my findings.

Which brings us to this very point, with you laying on the couch scrolling on your phone. Or perhaps you are at work pretending to look super busy. Wherever  you are, lean in, and lets learn about goosebumps.

I literally just heard a thousand people click away.

For those who remained to stay, what a treat you are in for!

Recently it has come to my attention that I am as emo as a teenager from the 90’s. Things that would normally not even compute in my cerebral matter, now causes it to react in a physical sense. It might mean that I find myself sobbing gently when I watch a certain advertisement which is set to “Throw Your Arms Around Me”. WEEPING! And then there is the goosebumps.

We get them for a few reasons. The first reason is that we tend to get them when we are cold, which is a nod to our neanderthal days when we had to rely on our body hair for warmth. Our goosebumps help preserve heat! So really, we should not be shaving, waxing or layering any of it off. That’s my story and I am sticking to it…


It is believed to be involuntary electrical signaling from the sympathetic nervous system. Emo singing can bring it on as well as a plethora of feelings such as sadness, disgust, joy and love. Ever watched a really hot scene from a film and get the goosies? I call them the HELLO SAILOR variety.

You can also get the SHIT YOURSELF variety when faced with impending doom and your fight or flight receptors fire up. But you are probably too busy running from a sabre tooth tiger to notice them.

Now I have a theory. I did a little research about emotions and ageing but I kept getting stuck on the big words. So I thought I would share my own thoughts on this. Please note that this is untested and unsupervised in any way.

You get more moshie as you get longer in the tooth because you are more empathetic as you spin around the sun. When you are small, the world revolved around you and then when you are in your thirties you are too busy panicking that your life is not going according to plan. Then once you get older and your life ebbs and flows in the way that it was supposed to be all the time, and you stop fighting for stuff, better jobs, bigger house, more money and all that crap, you actually have the time to notice whats going on around you.

You can empathise. You can relax and enjoy. You can take ten minutes to watch beautiful things around you.

I will leave you with this. Enjoy it.

So, did you get goosebumps?