Kissing is more than meets the lips

Kissing is more than meets the lips

  • Kissing is one of the most intimate, sensual, and romantic things that one can do with a person. The longest kiss on record was held in Thailand for over 58 hours. Two weeks is the average amount of kissing in a person’s lifetime. But there is much more to kissing than “meets the lips”.
  • It is important to learn why we kiss.
  • Anyone who has kissed someone that they love knows how good it feels. It seems to relieve stress instantly, and it releases epinephrine into your blood to make it pump faster, which may help reduce LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). There may be more to “swapping spit” than just a physical attraction:
  •  “’Mucous membranes inside the mouth are permeable to hormones such as testosterone. Through open-mouth kissing, men introduced testosterone into a woman’s mouth’ which ‘is absorbed through the mucous membranes… and increases arousal and the likelihood that she will engage in reproductive behavior,” writes Psychology Today.
  • Because many cultures didn’t include kissing in mating rituals, the first kiss may have been between a mother and her child. Many psychologists believe that babies received food through kiss feeding from their mother’s mouth. While this is not practiced as often today, it shows how kissing created a bond in between two humans.
  • Successful long-term relationships are characterized by physical affection. The happiest couples show some form of physical affection throughout the duration of their relationship through kisses.
  • Kissing may actually improve our health  and our intimate relationships. Arizona State University communications professor Kory Floyd and colleagues (2009) investigated the possible benefits of kissing in a sample of 52 married or cohabitating adults.
  • The physical act of kissing may improve the parasympathetic nervous system, the control mechanism in our body that takes over when we are relaxed.
  • A substance “sebum,” when exchanged between kissing partners, may also send a chemical signal to the brain associated with bonding and affection.
  • The study also revealed that  the kissing group stated they felt less stressed and more satisfied in their relationship. Their bad cholesterol levels decreased as well.
  • Breastfeeding and cuddling and natural weaning for the emotional health of babies:
  •  Some psychologists believe that the emotional bonding and the visual connection that babies make with their mothers during breastfeeding or kiss feeding helps them establish better attitudes towards food as they grow older. Baby-led weaning.
  • Enhance mealtime enjoyment
  • Help reduce the child’s obesity risk
  • Promote natural jaw development
  • Improve eye-hand coordination and dexterity
  • Develops confidence and security in future relationships
  • From up to four months old, babies can only focus on objects about eight to ten inches from their faces, which just so happens to be the distance between a baby and the mother’s face during breastfeeding. This shows that not just physical, but emotional attachment can start at an early age through facial recognition.
  • Note: None of the information in our website is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. The content on our website is for educational purposes only.
  • 1. Mercola, Joseph, DO. “What’s In a Kiss? More Than You Realize….”, 05 Sept. 2013. Web. 9 Sept. 2013.
  • 2. Mercola, Joseph, DO. “The What, Why, and How of Baby-Led Weaning.”, 06 Mar. 2013. Web. 9 Sept. 2013.
  • 3. Floyd, K., Boren, J. P., Hannawa, A. F., Hesse, C., McEwan, B., & Veksler, A. E. (2009). Kissing in marital and cohabiting relationships: Effects on blood lipids, stress, and relationship satisfactionWestern Journal of Communication73(2), 113-133. doi:10.1080/10570310902856071


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