Kisses are the flowers of love in bloom.
Honestly, they are the best, most sensual, and intimate way of expressing your feelings. I know, I know. There are a lot of more meaningful ways to show someone how you feel. But there is something about kissing that makes it one of the most magical and most incredible experiences in life.
Kissing awakens your body, mind, and spirit. Especially romantic kisses. Those kinds are responsible for those butterflies in your stomach. Still, it’s not just that. Kissing itself is also very healthy since it is considered a very effective healing method as well.
Below are 10 ways kissing benefits both your mental and physical health:
1. Kissing triggers the release of happy hormones. Have you heard about oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin? If no, they are the so-called happy hormones or feel-good chemicals that give those feelings of pleasure and excitement. Kissing is one of the many pleasurable activities that set off the alarm that awakens these hormones.
2. Kissing helps you bond with another person. The oxytocin that I mentioned before is actually a chemical that is directly linked to people bonding and partners getting close to one another. The flow of oxytocin inside our bodies is what creates those feelings of attachment and affection towards our partner.
3. Kissing is a great stress reliever. And let’s not forget about cortisol. Now this chemical, unlike the happy hormones is known as the “fight or flight” hormone. The built-in alarm system. High levels of cortisol are associated with high levels of stress. Well, guess what? Kissing is also one of the most effective methods of keeping those levels down.
4. Kissing dilates your blood vessels, which as a result reduces the blood pressure. It’s logic. Kissing creates an incredible chain reaction by first increasing your heart rate, dilating your blood vessels, increasing your blood flow, and finally causing an immediate decrease in your blood pressure.
5. Kissing alleviates pain. Headaches. Period cramps. You name it. The interesting thing about this is the fact that this is directly linked with the dilated blood vessels and the increased blood flow. Plus let’s not forget the release of those feel-good chemicals. A perfect healing combination.
6. Kissing boosts your immune system. It might sound disgusting, but exchanging saliva with your partner is indeed very beneficial to both your and your partner’s health. You may find it silly, but kissing boosts your immunity by exposing you and your partner to new germs. Here’s a study which proved that partners who kiss frequently share the same microbiota on their tongues and on their saliva.
7. Kissing has a positive effect on your oral health. Here’s another fun fact for you. Kissing also helps in preventing tooth decay and cavities. How? Well, it’s a pretty simple process. The act of kissing stimulates our salivary glands to produce more saliva – the fluid that moistens our moth and helps us disintegrate food and swallow it. However, by doing so, saliva also keeps food debris from getting stuck inside our teeth, which ultimately prevents teeth decay.
8. Kissing is a workout for your facial muscles. Did you know that the act of kissing itself involves from 2 to 34 facial muscles? Well, now you know. The firmer your face muscles, the more collagen your body produces which eventually results in younger, healthier skin.
9. Kissing burns calories. But that is not all those face muscles do. Believe it or not, they also help us burn calories. Not as much as running or making love dos, but it is still something. From 2 to 26 calories per minute to be exact!
10. Kissing increases your sexual desire. And this one, I’m pretty sure you already know. Romantic kisses arouse our physical bodies and boost our sex drive. The happy hormones help us get close to our partner and the testosterone that is released through the saliva awakens our sexual desire.
The bottom line is, kissing is really good for you! So, what are you waiting for? Go give your lover a good kiss.