Kiss More Often To Reap The Benefits of Kissing
Have you ever thought about the benefits of kissing?
“I think people spend too much time staring into screens & not enough time drinking wine, tongue kissing, and dancing under the moon”
Well, according to science, Rachel Wolchin is on the right track! Researchers have told of the health benefits of drinking a moderate amount of red wine, and the benefits of spending time outdoors.
Philematologists study kissing and they have discovered the many benefits of kissing.
Continue reading to find out why you should be kissing more… as if you need reasons to kiss the love of your life!
Health Benefits of Kissing
I think you’re going to be surprised at just how many health benefits of kissing there are.
I know I was surprised… So was Mr A. As an added benefit, by sharing this article with him, he now goes out of his way to kiss me even more than he used to. (Yay me!)
I can’t guarantee you’ll have that benefit, but what have you got to lose? Share away, with whomever it is you want to be kissing more often!
Decreases Blood Pressure and Lessens Pain
Did you know kissing dilates your blood vessels? It does. And that dilation results in a variety of positive health benefits.
When your blood vessels dilate as a benefit of kissing, you will likely find:
- blood pressure decreases
- headache pain is relieved
- menstrual cramping pain is lessened
- general or chronic pain is reduced
In addition to the pain relief from dilated blood vessels, kissing also has an effect on pain receptors in our body.
Fortunately, kissing raises the threshold for activation of those receptors, which means it takes more stimulus to make your brain recognize something hurts.
Additionally, kissing also results in a release of the pain-relieving hormones called endorphins that block the pain pathway and that means they end up providing pain relief.
That’s a long way of saying one of the health benefits of kissing is that it reduces your pain threshold.
Whether you’re suffering from menstrual pain, headaches, or chronic pain due to autoimmune disorders or even malignant cancers, you’re going to hurt less when you kiss more.
Instead of declining an extra long kissing session because you’ve got a headache, that’s the best time to instead enthusiastically say “Yes!” because that intense smooching can really ease your pain.
Boosts Immune System
When we kiss, our bodies release antibodies to the germs in our partner’s mouth. That exposure to new germs strengthens your immune system.
When you kiss frequently, according to this study, couples share the same microbiota in their saliva and on their tongues.
You’ll be sick less when you kiss more! Isn’t that a really amazing benefit of kissing??
Cortisol is a hormone released when we’re feeling stressed. When we kiss, however, cortisol levels are reduced.
Couples who kiss more often report significant decreases in their levels of stress and greater relationship satisfaction.
Not surprisingly, a similar correlation was found in another study. In this
Participants who were unhappy with their physical appearance had higher cortisol levels. (I did say it wasn’t surprising… if you’re unhappy with some aspect about yourself, it makes sense that you might be feeling stressed about it.)
That means when you reduce your cortisol levels you can potentially improve your feelings of self-worth and improve your stress levels.
Clearly, that isn’t a definitive conclusion, and they still need to conduct more research, but what’s the downside to acting as though it is?
Similarly, in addition to decreasing the amount of cortisol, kissing increases the level of serotonin and oxytocin in the brain. As a result, researchers have determined one of the benefits of kissing is not only lower stress but also lower anxiety. In fact, it apparently has benefits similar to meditation.
Kiss more and feel less stress, less anxious, and feel better about yourself. Yes, please!
Who knew smooching would have so many advantages!?
If you suffer from skin or nasal allergies, puckering up with your partner can alleviate those allergic responses. You can get relief from hives and allergy symptoms caused by pollen and dust mites.
The scientists haven’t yet figured out how kissing does this magic, but it’s possible it’s related to stress. Stress worsens allergic reactions, so it’s possible the stress relief from kissing has a ripple effect that also reduces the allergic response.
I’m lucky enough not to have any significant allergies, but I might just have to kiss some more to make it stay that way!
Improves Mood and Strengthens Relationships
Serotonin, dopamine, endorphins, adrenaline, phenylethylamine, and oxytocin are all feel-good chemicals. They make us happy, give us pleasure, and these neurotransmitters provide a sense of euphoria… guess one of the things that
You got it.
Not only do these chemicals make you feel happy, they can also strengthen your relationship.
Oxytocin is nicknamed the “love drug” and aptly so. When we have a baby, our body produces copious quantities of oxytocin, and it helps with bonding and calms us.
Similarly, when oxytocin is released in response to touch and kissing, it promotes feelings of love to the one we’re getting up close and personal with.
Stressful day? No problem, calm down with a kiss.
The happy chemical cocktail can also increase feelings of well-being and self-esteem.
Really, it’s a win-win solution: Kissing makes you feel good about you, and it makes you feel good about your partner (and them about you).
As an added bonus, the areas of your brain that are linked to reward and addiction are activated by kissing. What a wonderful addiction to “suffer” from: kissing your love!
Burns Calories and Tones muscles
The more you kiss, the more calories your body burns. A vigorous kiss will use up about three to four calories a minute. That might not be much, but a bunch of kisses strewn throughout your morning and evening will add up.
And of course, sex burns even more calories than kissing, so let those kisses lead wherever you like…
A number of facial muscles (30-34 of them) are used when you kiss vigorously, so don’t discount the muscle tone to your face and neck. Perhaps that is the key to looking younger? (I don’t know if that’s the case, but there’s only good that will come of it, so why not?)
Plus, all that toned skin is going to be looking radiant, thanks to the boost in endorphins and blood circulation.
Improves cholesterol Levels
Keeping your cholesterol in check lowers your risk of several diseases, including heart disease and stroke.
Improves Sex Life
As if all of the previously mentioned benefits of kissing aren’t enough, romantic kisses can lead to more enjoyable (and more frequent!) sex.
The sexual arousal of romantic kissing can lead to wanting to have sex with your partner. (Of course, right?)
When we exchange saliva, we also exchange the hormones in our saliva. Since there is testosterone in men’s saliva, it is transferred to their partner, and the longer they kiss, the more testosterone that is released and shared.
Testosterone is a sex hormone that plays a big role in sexual arousal. The more you have, the more you’re likely to desire sex.
Sex offers up all the same benefits of kissing, magnified.
And kissing passionately ignites feelings of passion, which help lovers connect at a psychological level, which ultimately makes sex more enjoyable for everyone involved.
Benefits of Kissing Are Long Lasting
So now you know, kissing does a whole lot more than feel nice
You can have better heart health, lower stress levels, and less pain. As well, you can have a better immune system, better cholesterol levels, and a better mood. Not only that, but you can also have less of an allergic response, a stronger relationship, and a better sex life.
But here’s an amazing fact! Not only does kissing promote togetherness but also couples who kiss regularly live five years longer than those who don’t.
I told you it was amazing.
Kissing Challenge: Feel the Benefits of Kissing
I want you to live longer and be healthier, and enjoy each other more. So keep on kissing!
To that end, I have a challenge for you. If you don’t already kiss each other every day, I want you to commit to kissing at least once a day for the next 30 days (clearly, only if both parties consent). If you already kiss daily, I challenge you to add in another kissing session each day for (at least) the next 30.
Once those 30 days are up, how long can you keep it going?
Let me know how it goes in the comments. Were you able to keep up? Did you notice benefits to your relationship? Any other benefits?