Whether it’s a hot lip-lock with a lover or a peck on the cheek of a friend or relative, kissing is a classic display of affection in the world of love and relationships. However, it’s much more than the fun and pleasurable act we all know it to be—science has revealed that kissing offers some remarkable health benefits as well!
1. Mood Booster
According to a 2005 study, kissing causes the release of feel-good hormones such as dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin, also called the ‘cuddle hormone’ that creates an upswing in your mood and boosts your overall well-being
2. Immunity Booster
Do you often struggle with a runny nose or a cold in the winter? Prescribe yourself a healthy dose of kissing right away! A recently published study linked kissing with better immune function, crediting the exchange of saliva during the act with having a positive effect on your internal defence mechanisms.
3. Stress Reducer
Smooching as a stress-buster? Yes, suggests a 2009 study that links kissing with an decrease in the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. We’re not suggesting that you replace necessary medical care with kissing, but the activity could provide some much-needed relief, making stress easier to manage. As an added bonus, the reduction on cortisol leads to a decrease in cholesterol levels as well, which means 4. kissing is also a bona fide fat burner!
5. Helps Pick Out A New Romantic Partner…
How do you know if you’ve found ‘the one’? Science recommends testing it out through kissing! A 2013 study, you can pick up on certain subtle cues when you kiss someone that indicate to you whether they’d be a suitable mate in the long run.
6. ...And Helps Stay With Them Too
Keeping the romance levels high is one of the cornerstones of a long and happy relationship, and kissing is a prime way to do that! A 2013 study revealed that more frequent kissing was linked to an increase in couples’ perceived satisfaction about their relationship. In other words, the more you kiss, the happier you are in your relationship (interestingly, something the researchers found didn’t hold true for sex).
You already knew your partner would appreciate the increase in kissing, but given its numerous health benefits your doctor would approve as well!