What Causes Goosebumps?

According to Webster’s dictionary, goosebumps are caused by “cold, fear, or sudden excitement”.  What gives you goosebumps?  Do you get them when the underdog of the race soars to victory during the Olympic Games?  Or maybe you get them at the end of the movie, when the background music causes your eyes to well with water, and the protagonist triumphs after a long battle.  It could be you get goosebumps when you sit down and eat the most precious of delicacies…the Chipotle Burrito.

Well, let me just tell you that I have had a summer of goosebumps.  When I see teens step out of their comfort zone and tell someone about Christ for the first time in one of the most diverse cities on the planet.  Or when I walk by a room that is filled with children talking to caring adults about the one decision that will change their lives forever.  When I see my child light up the room with her smile when daddy comes home from work…those bumps on my skin are an indication of sudden joy given to me by the Lord God, and I am thankful for them.


2 thoughts on “What Causes Goosebumps?

  1. Nate says:

    To further that, goosebumps are caused when your nerve endings in your skin involuntarily contract causing your hair follicles in the skin cells to raise up. This is a natural reaction when you are cold (this contraction causes more blood to flow in your skin cells which allows your body to warm up), when you are nervous (again causing more blood to flow to allow adrenaline to enter your bloodstream to give you more energy to face whatever may be at the other end of your fear), or when you are deeply touched (apparently because when something is felt deeply in the emotion center of the brain, your brain cannot differentiate between what is real and what is fake, so it processes it as real, causing the goosebumps)

    So yeah, what you said…I just wanted to take all of the mystery out of it!

  2. Connie says:

    Does being dunked in the dunk tank also create goosebumps?

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