How often do you kiss your wife or husband? Have you ever paused for once to think of the benefits of a good kiss? Well, here you go!
Kissing makes us happier: It improves our mood by increasing endorphins, which are our feel-good hormones.
Kissing reduces 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.
Kissing calms us down and enhances 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.
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.
Kissing strengthens our relationships: It promotes togetherness and couples who kiss regularly live five years longer than those who don’t.
Other benefits include:
Lowers blood pressure
Decreases cortisol stress hormone
Fights off cavities