All across the globe, kissing is the most common expression of affection. This is true among all forms of relationship, between lovers, parents and children, friends, and even feuding celebrities who have to fake it for the cameras. There are different kinds of kisses, such as air kisses, French kisses, Eskimo kisses, butterfly kisses, and the cinematic Spiderman kiss.
Unbeknownst to many, a kiss is more than just an expression of love; it does the body so many wonders that you might actually have to load up on your smooching doses.
When your mom said that kissing can give you the cooties, it wasn’t only to keep you away from the opposite sex. Kissing is actually a quick way to spread germs and viruses. However, a kiss that is shared by healthy people can give great health benefits. This form of affection effectively dilates the blood vessels, which can relieve a person from pain such as headaches and menstrual cramps. Dilation of the blood vessels also reduces blood pressure, so it’s good for people with heart condition. Kissing also boosts the immune system and reduces allergies. Ask your dentist about this: kissing can help prevent cavity buildup with the significant increase in saliva production, which helps get rid of plaque. Be careful who you kiss though because a person with bad oral hygiene can transmit cavity-causing bacteria.
Ever noticed how your mood suddenly changes after a good kiss? That is because when you kiss, your brain releases a healthy amount of dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin, also known as our body’s happy hormones. Also, when you kiss, especially French, the abundant sensory neurons in the lips are stimulated, causing it to produce sebum, which creates a feeling of nurturing that deepens a bond between two people.
Kissing can never replace your workout program, but it does help raise your metabolism to help you lose weight. It burns up to 180 calories an hour, so you might want to add that to your routine the next time you binge on pizza.
Dating and Relationship Benefits
Kissing helps you find a compatible mate. The dynamics of this theory may be a little too complicated to understand, but simply put, behaviorists believe that kissing is nature’s way of helping you narrow down your selection of potential partners in life. Think of it is a rather intimate form of a job interview.