Kissing is one of the best ways to express your love. We kiss our moms, friends, partners, and kids, but there’s something more special happening when you are kissing your partner. Oftentimes couples take kissing for granted and don’t realize what amazing benefits one kiss has.
Kissing can help you figure out if your partner truly loves you and if you love him in return. It can bust a bad mood and help you survive rough times.
While kissing is good for your relationship, it is also good for your overall health. Read on to explore some of the most surprising things you probably didn’t know about kissing and let me know what do you think about them after reading through.
1. A long kiss acts like a drug
The act of kissing releases endorphins that are more powerful than drugs. This is why you feel so happy after kissing. If you are low in mood, kiss your boyfriend or husband to make both of you a bit happier today.
Of course, you won’t feel better if you kiss a man you are not in love with. It’s all about love, ladies. Kissing without love doesn’t have any positive benefits.
2. Many serious diseases can be transmitted through kissing
While you can’t get infected with HIV through a kiss, unless one of you suffers from gum disease, there are a number of diseases that can be transmitted through kissing. Herpes, infectious mononucleosis, warts, hepatitis B, and colds are some of the most common diseases so be careful who you kiss.
3. Philematology and philemaphobia
Have you ever heard about philematology? Philematology is the study of kissing that started in the 19th century. It focuses on kissing techniques and meanings in different cultures around the world.
Philemaphobia is the fear of kissing that many people suffer from these days. While some people are afraid of germs that are transmitted during kissing, others simply are not good at kissing, which is why they avoid starting any relationship.
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4. Kissing is good for your health
Kiss more to be healthier… My grandma once told me that. I just laughed and forgot her advice until I read several researches that all claimed that kissing improves health.
The trick is, kissing helps circulation, prevents and relieves headache, improves your skin health and can even help to reduce your risk of tooth decay. Couples that kiss several times a day have less health issues and lower risk of heart disease than those who don’t enjoy kissing at all. It sounds like a great reason to get into the habit of kissing your sweetheart more often.
5. Kissing is forbidden is some places around the world
Kissing traditions and laws are different across the globe. My friend who lives in Egypt says that kissing is illegal in her country. Public kissing is also prohibited in many other parts of the world, including the USA.
For example, it’s prohibited to kiss a stranger in Iowa and Ceder Rapids. There are many fun and weird laws about kissing – my favorite one is when a woman can’t kiss her husband on Sunday in Hartford Connecticut. I wonder who checks it out?
6. Lips are one of the most sensitive areas of the body
Do you feel like your lips are more sensitive than your fingertips? That’s because your lips are one of the most sensitive areas of the body that have a great number of receptors. Perhaps it’s a major reason why we crave kisses on a daily basis.
7. One kiss passes about 278 different types of bacteria
This is one of the bad things about kissing. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t kiss at all, though.
Just kiss one partner that you are in love with and make sure both of you brush your teeth and clean your mouths twice a day to remove bacteria as well as reduce a risk of gum disease. A single 10-second French kiss can transfer 80 million bacteria between you and your partner.
8. Kissing helps you burn calories
Okay, kissing isn’t the most effective workout and it can’t help you lose those extra pounds in a week, even if you spend your whole day making out, but it helps to burn over 1500 calories per hour. French kissing involves 34 muscles in your face, which means that every time you kiss your partner you burn at least 6 calories. Add this nice workout to your daily routine to stay healthy and fit without much effort.
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9. Kissing can prevent premature aging
As I’ve just mentioned, when you kiss, you use your facial muscles, which helps prevent premature aging. The thing is, kissing regularly helps to keep your facial muscles tight and smooth and prevent cheek sagging. Why spend money on expensive anti-aging creams when you can kiss your significant other for free and make both of you happy?
Kissing isn’t just about chemistry. We often take kissing for granted without thinking about what it does for us. Although it has both advantages and disadvantages, I think there are a lot more pros than cons.
What facts about kissing did you already know? Do you have any other unknown facts about kissing to share with us? I’m also eager to know is there anyone who suffers from philemaphobia?