“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.” ~Ingrid Bergman
There are various stories of origin when it comes to kisses but here are a few facts that You would love to know and share.
FYI the study of kissing is known as philematology. And, someone who studies kissing wears the title of osculologist.
1. Kiss, not sex, is important for a long-term relationship
Researchers have found a correlation between the amount of kissing that long-term partners do and the quality of their relationship.
This link wasn’t seen between more sex and improved relationship satisfaction.
So now you know- kissing isn’t just important at the start of a relationship while selecting a partner; it also has a major role in maintaining a relationship.
2. History Behind XOXO and XX
Historians trace it back to the Middle Ages when the peasants who couldn’t read or write marked “X” as a stand-in signature and kissed the document.
And so XX is now considered a smooch.
3. Kiss of Success
A research suggests that men who get a kiss on the cheek or a peck on lips from their wives before heading out for work live five years longer on an average than those who are bid adieu sans a kiss.
Also these men performed better at work and exhibit greater levels of motivation.
4. A work out
“Wanna workout? Let’s kiss.”
A kiss, you must have heard, burns a lot of calories. This is because a single kiss requires 146 muscles to coordinate, including 34 facial muscles and 112 postural muscles. So next time you feel lazy, go find your partner for an instant work-out.
5. Brain Storm
I say so because lips are one of the body’s densest zone of nerve endings – 100 times more than finger tips! – and kissing lights up a major part of brain releasing stress hormone, Cortisol, that helps in making it a very happy affair.
The pituitary gland releases love hormone, Oxytocin, that sexually arouses and binds up the kissers with trust and bond. Among the other benefits of kissing are decreased cholesterol, decreased stress, and improved quality of relationship. It also strengthens your immune system, relieves aches and pains, and prevents cavities!
6. Psychology Behind The Act
Short term relationship kisses are more sensual, and serves as a tool for selecting and courting suitable partners for sex. Kissing here is more significant before intercourse than during or after and is absent during and after intercourse where genuine feelings are absent.
While in long-term relationships it is an expression of psychological closeness, and a means of preserving the feelings of intimacy in the relationship by bringing that person into our vulnerable personal space and agreeing to take the risk of catching an infection. Therefore a kiss is an implicit expression of openness and trust. Long term relationships involve kissing before, during, and after sexual intercourse and all of which is equally important.
Also women value the kiss more at the beginning of the relationship if they are ovulating. This is done to probably collect information on the fitness of potential mates and their compatibility.
7. Why Men preferred a more saliva filled, wet kiss.
The first theory is psychologically that the tongue functions like something entering the lips that resemble labia (probably also the reason as to why Red lipsticks are most seductive) and the whole act of kissing is analogous to the act of sex.
The other theory is that men pass their testosterone filled saliva while kissing that activates the woman’s brain associated with sex drive (oxytocin is released by Pituitary) and sexually arouses both.
Go kiss the world!