Before anything else is looked forward to in a budding relationship, the first kiss is long-awaited and there is no wondering why. Kisses are so simple yet so intimate and help us say so many things we are otherwise unable to say. Here are 14 interesting things about kissing that we bet you did not know before.
1. You Can’t do it With Your Eyes Open:
You can’t kiss (the right way) with your eyes open. People automatically close their eyes when the kiss is about to begin because everybody naturally knows that it can be pretty creepy to stare into someone’s eyes SO closely. Just imagine looking at yourself in someone’s eyeballs when you are trying to have a good time kissing.
2. Lips Are Sensitive:
No, your lips won’t get torn after kissing; not that kind of sensitive. Like our sexual organs, our lips have some cranial nerves in them which make them feel more intensely than any other parts of faces. It explains the phenomenon of being sexually charged after a kiss.
3. Kisses Are Gross:
Aliens would be pretty surprised to know that we exchange spit to show affection. But well, aliens don’t matter.
Scientifically speaking, a study shows that when we kiss, we exchange almost 80 million bacteria and needless to say, all the shared germs can be pretty dangerous if one of the two people is sick.
4. Dopamine Release:
We obviously get very excited before leaning in on someone’s face, expecting a deep kiss. All the excitement makes our brain shoot dopamine which is a feel-good chemical. So, whatever you feel after the kiss, you now know what you feel before it when you are too nervous to feel anything else.
5. It’s Hard Work:
We know how having sex burns calories and we also know that sex begins with a kiss. Consequently, a kiss is hard work if technically seen. 34 of our facial muscles and 112 of our posture muscles are used while kissing. You can use more by doing more
6. All Those Hormones:
Besides dopamine release from the excitement pre-kiss, adrenaline and endorphins are also released in between and after kissing. Kissing really is magical like our mind and body. A simple act of locking our lips with someone else’s can do so much. Oxytocin is another pleasure chemical’ that is released to make us excited for the next part.
7. Not So Common:
A study shows that 54% of all the cultures dislike romantic kissing while 46% like to indulge in it. As surprising as it may be, it is a fact. For someone who likes kisses and how they make them feel, getting one means a lot but for someone not familiar, it might come as a surprise or a gross experience, just like the aliens.
8. It’s Healthy:
Those hormones are healthy but the other things kisses do are healthy too. Kisses keep you psychologically and physiologically stable. It keeps your cholesterol levels balanced. You must have noticed it yourself; the day goes by a little brighter after that one good smooch in the morning.
9. The Right Side:
It is observed that while leaning in for a kiss, sexual partners choose their right sides to tilt their heads to while in platonic relationships, people generally choose the left cheek to give a light peck on. You are certainly not doing it wrong if you go left as long as your partner is aware.
10. Good For Your Relationship:
Kissing keeps it active and it does not imply that the two people kissing might start having sex any minute. It is about affection and intimacy but not always related to sex. Even light, small kisses can be appreciative enough before you start a long day.
11. The Longer You Kiss The Longer You Live:
Try getting a kiss on the cheek from the wife before leaving for work if you want to live long enough to get more kisses from her. Kissing is really healthy and by keeping your relationship healthy it increases your chances of having a long happy life.
12. It Helps You Choose:
You go on a date unsure if you are doing the right thing by going out with that particular person but at the end of the date, the kiss helps you decide. You just realize that the person is right/wrong for you by the way you feel while kissing. It helps you choose, it helps you decide if you want to have more kisses with them.
13. Women Kiss More:
Another study shows that women are more into kissing than men because they tend to use it as an expression of their love and it is universally known that women are more expressive while men fear to be too vulnerable. People with low self-esteem, on the other hand, will avoid kissing in fear of being not good enough.
14. We Sniff When We Kiss:
Knowingly or unknowingly, we smell the person while kissing. We are so close to them that it is almost impossible not to do it. That sniffing also helps us decide if they are right for us or not. Kissing helps more than you think.
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