Kissing can be sweet, erotic, passionate, or affectionate, but no matter how you like to pucker up, you could reap some major benefits from locking lips with your partner. Here are the top-ten benefits that come from kissing (as if you needed any more motivation!):
Kissing Boosts Oxytocin
Oxytocin is a brain chemical that is responsible for helping to create feelings of pleasure, intimacy, and bonding. When we kiss, our brains respond by releasing this feel-good chemical that helps us feel connected to and trusting of our mates.
Kissing Lowers Stress
Bad day at work? Kiss your mate to help bring your stress levels down. Kissing has been shown to lower levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) thereby helping you to relax and unwind.
Kissing Burns Calories
No, really! Of course, a quick peck won’t burn off a big dinner, but experts say kissing for over a minute could burn 25-plus calories. So, go ahead, kiss like you mean it!
Kissing Helps You Choose the Right Partner
When we kiss, we do more than just kiss. We exchange vital physiological information via saliva, including information related to our major histocompatibility complex (MHC). MHC is a collection of genes associated with our immune system, and since we unconsciously want to mate with someone who has a different immune system from ours (to enhance our offspring’s chance of survival), kissing might help let us know if we are kissing someone who is too similar to our bloodline.
Kissing Helps Fight the Common Cold
Many people think that kissing can be an unhealthy habit, especially if you kiss someone while sick. However, if you are both healthy and well, kissing can actually help to boost your immune system. Research from the journal Medical Hypotheses suggests that kissing might actually boost a woman’s immunity to certain diseases.
Kissing Helps You Live Longer
A study from University College London collected research that found that men who kiss their wives good-bye were less likely to get into a car accident on the way to work. Just another reason not to rush out the door without a good-bye kiss!
Kissing Helps You Look Younger
Some people go to the plastic surgeon to get a tight, youthful-looking face; but if you want a fun, nonsurgical way to keep your face from sagging, try kissing more. Kissing uses more than 30 muscles in the face! When you pucker up, you just might be helping to keep those muscles taut and strong — and younger looking!
Kissing Creates Desire
When you kiss your mate, you begin to awaken your sexual response. Your heart rate will increase along with your desire, and soon you will be wanting to burn calories in an even more intense way.
Kissing Keeps Your Marriage Strong
A 2011 study from the Kinsey Institute in Bloomington, Indiana, found that kissing, cuddling, and other forms of affection were important predictors for relationship satisfaction. And, surprisingly, this was most true for the men in the study…so don’t assume that guys don’t need kissing and cuddling, too!
Kissing Is Free
Forget about expensive date nights or French lingerie. If you want to improve your relationship and increase your intimacy, just commit to kissing your partner for ten seconds every day. With so many benefits, there’s no reason not to!
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