Kissing is one of the most intimate acts we perform as human beings. We kiss to demonstrate affection, to demonstrate desire and to increase desire. Darwin wrote about kissing and kissing-like behaviors. These include rubbing noses and sniffing the other person. Usually we talk about using the lips or face. According to Darwin, the desire to kiss is innate. We are born with this desire.
1. Kissing lowers stress.
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.
2. Kissing makes us happier.
It improves our mood by increasing endorphins, which are our feel-good hormones.
“Happiness is like a kiss – it feels best when you give it to someone else.” ~Author Unknown
3. Kissing keeps us healthy.
It 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.
“Never a lip is curved with pain?That can’t be kissed into smile again.”? ~Brete Harte
4. Kissing calms us down and promotes pleasure.
It 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.
“Your hugs and kisses are like the stars that light up my life when things get dark.” – Author Unknown
5. Kissing strengthens our relationships.
It promotes togetherness and couples who kiss regularly live five years longer than those who don’t.
“A kiss seals two souls for a moment in time.” ~Levende Waters