Kissing – how would you define it? It is a form of language recognized all over the world.
We all kiss – it is something natural.
Kissing as a social pleasantry
We kiss to say thank you or goodbye to our friends!
A mother kisses her children!
A kiss to end a date
“There is the kiss of welcome and of parting, the long, lingering, loving, present one; the stolen, or the mutual one; the kiss of love, of joy, and of sorrow; the seal of promise and receipt of fulfillment.” – Thomas C. Haliburton
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It has many styles but there is nothing like a Romantic kiss which connects you with that someone special in your life. It is a way to show affection to your partner and tell them what you feel. But there is a lot more to it.
Do you know that kissing not only helps in strengthening your relationship with your lover but also gives you many health benefits? We all take kiss for granted but there is a great bubbling underneath not visible to the eye.
Let me list down some of the benefits you get when you kiss or smooch your darling!
1. Kissing boosts Immunity
It may sound weird but it’s true that kissing swap germs which boosts immunity and strengthens the body’s defences. A study published in the journal Medical Hypotheses reveals the fact that kissing protects the woman’s body from Cytomegalovirus which can cause diseases like infant blindness during pregnancy.
2. Kissing reduces Pain
An intense and a passionate kiss release the hormone adrenaline, which helps in reducing pain. Just as the sexual activity release pain-reducing endorphins and gives you relief from pain so does kissing.
Lock lips to fight that nagging headache!
“Never a lip is curved with pain? That can’t be kissed into smile again.”? ~Brete Harte
3. Kissing helps fight Cavities
Kissing is a way to clean your teeth – want to know how? It is being said that kissing produces more saliva in the mouth. This results in washing away the plaque on teeth which leads to cavities and thus prevents tooth decay.
Kiss everyday to ignite love with your beloved and get pearl-white teeth!
4. Kissing releases happy Hormones
While kissing, your brain releases happy hormones such as serotonin and oxytocin. “This (oxytocin) is the hormone of love, and the better the oxytocin levels, the more capacity for love,” says psychotherapist Arthur Janov, Ph.D., author of ‘The Biology of Love’. The sensory neurons of our lips are stimulated by our partner’s touch. This results in the release of hormone called sebum which plays a vital role in the bonding. So apart from keeping you happy, kissing also makes your relationship stronger.
“Happiness is like a kiss. You must share it to enjoy it.” – Bernard Meltzer
5. Kissing burns Calories
You can’t compare kissing to a vigorous workout but a passionate smooch for a minute can burn around 6 calories. It pumps up your metabolism to almost double. So next time when you are with your partner try some calorie-burning kisses!
6. Kissing helps you choose your Partner
A kiss is a great way to gauge your first attraction to a person. Your first kiss can be a turn-off so be careful. Females give more importance to kissing in judging the potential partner.
According to the researchers a kiss helps you find the genetically compatible match for yourself. “At the moment of the kiss, there are hard-wired mechanisms that assess health, reproductive status and genetic compatibility,” says Gordon G. Gallup Jr., a professor of evolutionary psychology at the State University of New York at Albany. Kissing reveals who you are and what you want.
A first kiss can be a make or break situation!
“The soul that can speak through the eyes can also kiss with a gaze.” – Gustavo Adolfo Becquer
7. Kissing keeps facial muscles strong
Kissing not only burns calories but is also a great exercise for your face.34 facial muscles are involved in kissing and it also keeps your cheeks tight. Isn’t it great! It maintains the blood circulation of your face and makes you look young.
A magical prescription for youthful skin – free and fun!
8. Kissing lowers Stress
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Had an argument with your boss or a tiff with your friend? Kiss your lover and all your worries will be gone and you will be filled with positivity. Kissing is a great stress buster. It lowers down the release of stress hormone cortisol and thus keeps you relaxed. It decreases anxiety and at some level gives the same benefits as meditation.
Stop popping pills, start Kissing!
9. Kissing boosts Cardiovascular Health
Adrenaline which is released from the body while kissing keeps your heart healthy. It lowers blood pressure and maintains blood flow in the body.
“A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years.” – Rupert Brooke
Some interesting things you might not know about kissing
- The study related to kissing is referred to as philematology
- The original kissing dates back to as early as the fifth century B.C.
- When you kiss someone you exchange around 80 million microbes
- French kiss was earlier known as the “Florentine kiss.”
- The world record says that the longest kiss till now lasted 58 hours, 35 minutes, and 58 seconds. Can you beat it?
- Do you know why do the bride and the groom kiss each other in Christian wedding? It is way of signing a contract.
- In a quick kiss only two facial muscles are involved whereas in a French kiss which is passionate and intense all the 34 facial muscles are active.
- A few seconds of kissing can burn around five calories. So if you are an expert in kissing and can do it for hours, you can definitely skip your gym!
There are other benefits of kissing but I guess you must have got your favorite one! What’s your best kissing moment?
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