Pucker Up: Why Kissing is Good for You

Raise your hand if you remember your first real attempt at kissing. I do. It was at the roller rink with a guy named Marty. We kissed and kissed for hours. The kissing was so passionate, so deep, it changed my life forever.

Without being consciously aware, that first kiss had chemistry written all over it. That’s because when our lips press against another’s, it sets off a series of chemical reactions in the brain. Believe it or not, there’s a lot riding on a kiss—well at least according to the Scientists of Smooching. Despite its obvious evolutionary and personal significance, there’s a lot more than meets the lips.

Kissing Feels Good

KissingOur lips are the body’s most exposed erogenous zone. Humans are the only species with uniquely everted lips, meaning they purse outward. On top of that, they are packed with a series of sensitive nerve endings. The slightest brush sends a cascade of information to our brains, which can feel intoxicating. This is why people like me love kissing. It has the potential to send us into a whole new realm of pleasure.

Glad to Make Your Acquaintance

Have you ever seen dogs getting to know another dog? They ram their nose right up where the sun does not shine. Humans are no different, except for all the ass sniffing. We learn a lot about each other by engaging our sense of smell, taste buds, and sense of touch. All sorts of signals are being passed back and forth. This is why kissing is so important. It gives us a chance to get to know someone better. Kissing puts you both in nose-to-nose contact, the scent of another can provide subconscious clues about their DNA. If there is indeed “chemistry,” that one kiss will set the stage for a new romance and the prospect for fucking.

It’s a Gland Celebration

kissingKissing has a lot of perks. Aside from helping us find the ideal mate, it ignites neural impulses which bounce between the brain and the tongue, lips, facial muscles, and skin. Billions of teensy nerve connections distribute information around the body, producing chemical signals which instantly alter the way we feel. Going beyond that, the nerves of the lips and tongue have direct connections to our limbic system—the part of the brain responsible for emotions and the desire for sex. These connections tie into the pituitary gland, often called the “master gland.” The result is a decrease in stress hormones and an increase in oxytocin, the bonding hormones which allow for warmth and attachment. This is probably why people claim to see fireworks while kissing.

Sweet Talk

The prelude to passion is through kissing. The act fosters sensations that make us fall in love. In many ways, a kiss can usher in a new relationship or it can be used to create strong emotional bonds. The kind of bonds we share with family members and friends. Kissing is inherently tied to the most meaningful and significant moments of our lives by providing a means to communicate beyond what words can convey. So, please take the time to pucker up and kiss the one you love today!

Man Trap!

kissingDid you know men are more likely to initiate kissing? That’s because their saliva contains testosterone. The helpful hormone that stimulates the female libido. Unless you’re Donald Trump, a man’s kiss makes it more likely she will give into his passion, which leads to the chance of swapping another biologic matter soon after. Admittedly, this is not the stuff of Dr. Zhivago, but it is sexy in a kind of caveman way.

Now that you know you’re doing something really important while kissing, grab a partner and start swapping biological information. It will lower your stress level and increase your chances for finding the perfect mate. Not to mention being a great way to spend a few stolen moments.