BENEFITS OF KISSING
KISSING PUTS YOU IN A BETTER MOOD Having a blue day? Give your loved one a kiss before heading out to work – it will instantly boost your mood. Kissing raises levels of oxytocin, which is the chemical in the brain associated with trust and attachment. An experiment conducted at Lafayette College in the US between pairs who kissed for 15 minutes while listening to music showed spikes in the chemical. Wendy Hill, dean of the faculty, said that “in a test group that merely held hands, chemical changes were similar but much less pronounced”.
It might not sound pleasant but the whirlpool of saliva between you and your mate could be preventing you from getting the latest dreaded cold going around. A study carried out in 2014 for the journal Microbiome found that couples who kissed frequently shared salivary microbiota, which forces your body to make antibodies to battle the foreign bacteria.
And just in case you were wondering, an average of 80 million bacteria are transferred during a 10-second smooch.
A pash can tell you far more about your love interest than any photo or online dating profile. Biological anthropologist Dr Helen Fisher explained on chemistry.com that in a study of 58 men and 122 women, 59% of men and 66% of women said they had ended a romance after the first kiss. “With this little act, you learn a huge amount about your could-be partner,” she writes. “First you can see, smell, taste, hear and feel them better. Instantly, these messages from your senses are picked up by some of your nerves and escorted directly to your brain. There they ignite, giving you first-hand information about your partner’s health, their eating, drinking and smoking habits, and their state of mind – from their sense of urgency to calmness.”
Finally some exercise we
STARTING THE DAY WITH A LOVING SMOOCH NOT ONLY BRINGS A COUPLE CLOSER – YOU’LL BOTH FEEL FAB TOO!
can really get behind! While a small peck might mean you use just a couple of facial muscles, a sustained passionate embrace can use up to 34 muscles, burning 26 calories per minute. If you can keep the activity going without getting lockjaw, what that means is 10 minutes of intense kissing will burn off that cheeky piece of chocolate cake you had with your coffee this morning. Rejoice!
You’ve had back-to-back boring meetings, impossible deadlines and a phone call from at least one relative enveloped in some sort of crisis – your stress levels are at an all-time high and the last thing on your mind is kissing. But that’s exactly what you should do. Locking lips is known to reduce the stress hormone cortisol. What’s more, according to a study entitled The Neurobiology of Love, stress might actually encourage to kiss more often. “Stressors can trigger a search for pleasure, proximity and closeness, and some degree of strong yet manageable stress may be necessary for very strong bonds to form,” the study finds.
Hay fever sufferers, this one’s for you. If you’re prepared to commit to half an hour of back-and-forth snogging, you may find those incessant sniffles start to ease up. A Japanese study published in Physiologya nd Behaviour showed that when patients who suffered from atopic dermatitis or allergic rhinitis resurfaced following 30 minutes of privately kissing to soft music, their symptoms, including hives and levels of plasma neurotrophin, were relieved. Sneezing’s never been so sexy!
Kissing boosts your mood and your immunity!