12 Health Benefits of Kissing
Friday, February 10, 2017 12:13 PM
It is not just the pleasurable experience.
- It promotes togetherness, and couples who kiss regularly live five years longer than those who don’t.
- Boost self-esteem. One study found that men who received a passionate kiss before they left for work earned more money.8 This suggests the kiss (and perhaps the happy home-life it suggests) makes people happier, boosts self-esteem and, ultimately, more productive at work.
- Kissing improves our immunity by releasing antibodies that kill bacteria. And kissing helps us prevent cavities by increasing saliva that washes our teeth. It has also been shown that our saliva secretes natural antibiotics when we kiss.
- It decreases the stress hormone cortisol and increases serotonin levels in the brain. Kissing has also been measured to lower anxiety and has similar benefits to meditation.
- A kiss can be a powerful measure of your initial attraction to a person, so much so that the majority of men and women surveyed reporting that a first kiss could be a turn-off. Women, in particular, place more importance on kissing as a “mate assessment device” and as a means of “initiating, maintaining, and monitoring the current status of their relationship with a long-term partner.
- Kissing increases levels of oxytocin otherwise known as the "love hormone" which calms us. Kissing also reduces pain through our saliva, which contains a kind of anesthetic and increases pleasure by releasing dopamine.
- When you kiss, saliva production increases in your mouth, and this helps to wash away plaque on your teeth that may lead to cavities. That said, cavity-causing bacteria can also be transmitted via a kiss, especially if the person you’re kissing has poor oral habits. It’s even been shown that cavity-causing bacteria can spread from a mother’s kiss to her baby.
- Happiness! It improves our mood by increasing endorphins, which are our feel-good hormones.
- A vigorous kiss helps you shape up your neck and jaw line by working out a number of facial muscles.
- Kissing helps to dilate your blood vessels, which may help lower your blood pressure.
- Kissing prompts your brain to release a happy elixir of feel-good chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. This isn’t only important for your happiness, it also may also help to strengthen your relationship. As MSN reported: Arthur Janov, Ph.D., author of ‘The Biology of Love’ and the director of the Primal Center in Santa Monica, Calif. ‘We have found that those who cannot commit in a
- It relieves cramps and headaches. The blood-vessel-dilation effect described above also helps to relieve pain, particularly from headache or menstrual cramps.