A kiss can be sexy, slow, fast, sweet, smooth, warm, simple, wet, dry or simply an unexpected touch... While kissing may feel oh-so-good, it also has important health benefits! Did you know that kissing can do wonders for your health?
It's something we all should do more often so the world would be a healthier and happier place! Kissing triggers a whole spectrum of physiological processes that boost up your immunity, make you healthier and reinforce the bond between you and your partner. Start kissing away and keep the doctor and psychologist away!
"Kiss me, and you will see how important I am." Sylvia Plath
When you kiss your blood vessels start to dilate, which may help lower your blood pressure.
"The mouth is made for communication, and nothing is more articulate than a kiss." Jarod Kintz.
Kissing decreases the stress hormone cortisol and increases serotonin levels in the brain. Kissing has also been measured to lower anxiety. Other studies have shown that kissing has similar benefits to meditation. I am going to try to substitute one of my 30 minutes meditation sessions with a 30 minute kissing session to test out these findings!
"Make me immortal with a kiss." Christopher Marlowe
When you start kissing your blood-vessels start to dilate which helps relieve pain. Kissing has been shown to help reduce headaches or pain caused by menstrual cramps. Kissing also reduces pain through our saliva which contains a kind of anaesthetic.
"But because two can play at this game, I stand on tiptoe and kiss his cheek. Right on his bruise." Suzanne Collins
Kissing triggers your brain to release a happy elixir of feel-great chemical like dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin. These "love" chemicals make us calm down and feel good. Physchotherapist Arthur Janov says that "Oxytocin is the hormone of love and the better the oxytocin levels, the more capacity for love." He found that people who cannot commit in a love relationship are low in oxytocin.
"A kiss is a secret which takes the lips for the ear." Edmond Rostand
When you kiss saliva production increases in your mouth, which helps wash away plaque on your teeth that can lead to cavities. Kissing also improves our immunity by releasing antibodies that kill bacteria.
"Close your eyes and I'll kiss you, Tomorrow I'll miss you." Paul McCartney
Keep the kisses coming! The cocktail of "love" chemicals released by the brain helps promote togetherness!
Interestingly, kissing activates the same areas in your brain linked to addiction and reward! According to the researchers who released these findings: "KISSING may have evolved as a way to stimulate brain systems associated with sex drive, romantic love, and attachment so that humans are triggered to seek a variety of potential mates, then focus attention on one for mating, and finally be able to tolerate that mate long enough to raise a child as a team." Interesting way of stating things!!
Our lips are densely packed with sensory neurons, which are stimulated by the touch of another's lips. This triggers the release of sebum, which is thought to play a role in bonding. Reasons enough to start kissing more?
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"A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous." Ingrid Bergman