There’s no doubt about it, kissing’s fun. And it feels good. Kissing is often used as a barometer for sexual compatibility and there are many people who won’t grant a second kiss if the first one wasn’t good. Let’s not forget kissing can help you get in the mood and fill your bedroom with passion. But do you know kissing is actually good for you too? Kissing benefits both the mind and body in ways you never imagined.

Here’s five reasons you should lock lips today.

Kissing Increases Pleasure Chemicals

When we kiss, our brain releases oxytocin, a chemical that not only makes us feel good, but increases bonding and makes you feel closer to the person you’re kissing. Oxytocin is the same chemical released in breast feeding mothers and is believed to be one of the reasons people pair bond. Passionate kissing also leads to a larger amount of serotonin and dopamine in the brain, two chemicals that keep you in a good mood. With all these feel good chemicals floating around, a kisser is likely to feel a sense of euphoria, calm, and peace.

Kissing Keeps Your Mouth Clean

It may seem counter-intuitive, but kissing actually helps to cleanse your mouth. When you kiss, the mouth produces extra saliva. This excess washes plaque off the teeth and gum line, leaving your mouth a little bit cleaner after every smooch.

Kissing Decreases Stress

When we’re stressed out, the body releases cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. But when we kiss, the body decreases the amount of cortisol, leaving us feeling a little lighter afterwards. These lower levels of cortisol not only help to calm us and reduce stress, but they can also decrease our emotional eating, as that’s a common side effect of the hormone.

Kissing Relieves Headaches

Kissing causes the heart rate to rise and dilates the blood vessels. This gets your blood pumping stronger and can help lower blood pressure. Because blood vessel dilation gets more blood to your organs, it also relieves pain associated with headaches and menstrual cramps.

Kissing Improves Well-Being

Many of us live chaotic lives in a chaotic world. Taking the time to kiss someone acts as a form of meditation, letting us hit the pause button on our minds and just be in the moment. By focusing on the moment, overall well-being improves and people report feeling more calm and content. Anxiety levels are also impacted by the mindfulness of a good kiss, and can be lowered significantly.

Not that you needed them, but right here are five great reasons to kiss someone. It’s good for your mind, it’s good for your body, and it’s good for your relationship.

 


What’s your favorite side effect of kissing? What others way do you release stress?


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Molly Carter
Molly Carter
Molly is a freelance writer who talks about everything and anything from addiction, to sex. to skinning a deer. You can find her at MollyCarterWriter.com, or Facebook.