A kiss is (not) just a kiss


Kissing is so important it has its own International Day, the 6th of July! It is the most intimate act between two people, and besides showing love and affection, it is also good for you. Here are 15 science and random facts you probably didn’t know about smooching:

1 - The average person will spend an estimated 20.160 minutes of her lifetime kissing, that would be two entire weeks!

2 - When you kiss, your body releases several hormones like serotonin, oxytocin, adrenaline, endorphin and dopamine. Oxytocin, the “love hormone”, helps you develop feelings of attachment. Endorphins bring waves of euphoria and dopamine makes you lose appetite. And over time, kissing also lowers cortisol, the stress hormone. In other words, hormones want you in a committed relationship, so they make you first, ecstatically happy and thin, and then, feel attached, safe and secure ;)

3 - When kissing, you use 38 face muscles, not to mention the 112 postural muscles you put in motion. Goodbye Zumba!

4 - One minute of passionate kissing burns 6.4 calories.

5 - The amount of kissing shows how satisfied the person is in that relationship. And no, kissing people other than your partner doesn't fall into this category!

6 - Kissing can add years to your life. A study shows that men who kiss their wives goodbye before leaving for work live five years longer than those who don't. I’ve also heard that men who don’t tell their wives they look fat in those jeans, live longer too ;)

15 facts you didn't know about kissing

7 - 2/3 of people tilt their head to the right when they kiss, which, interestingly enough, is the direction heads usually tilt in the womb.

8 - 66% close their eyes during a kiss; probably because kissing makes our pupils dilate, or is it because love is blind?

9 - Your heart beats 150 times per minute while kissing, pumping more oxygen to your brain.

10 - Biologically speaking (sorry, romance), we tend to prefer people with a particular profile. Kissing helps you work out who’s a good match for you. 5 out of your 12 cranial nerves are engaged when you kiss, trying to gather as much information as possible about the other person. This is why you need to kiss some frogs to find your prince :)

11 - Through kissing, you exchange with your partner around 300 types of bacteria that help you fight infections better and protect you from allergies and the flu. 

12 - Kissing is good for your smile. Even anticipating a kiss is good for your teeth because it increases the amount of saliva in your mouth that washes away plaque.

13 - A Thai couple kissed for 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds, beating the world record for the longest kiss, which was 33 hours. Their kiss entered the Guinness World Records and won them two diamond rings on Valentine's Day.

14 - When asked about their memories of important moments in life, the first kiss is, for most people, the most detailed memory they have.

15 - And last but not least, a study made with hundreds of people aged from 18 to 63 showed that the more you think of yourself as an attractive person, the pickier you are with whom you choose to kiss. In other words, people with low self-esteem kiss more people than those with healthier self-esteem.

Which made me think of some silly - not to say sad - stories I hear around. For example, a girl who intends to “kiss her way up in life”, in her own words, I swear. Her goal is to kiss one of the most popular boys in town. To achieve that, she’s kissing all his friends before, hoping to get to him, not a very clever move, is it?

Another one was so disgusted when kissing her boyfriend that she had to distract herself every time with an imaginary war of tongues. If she had read this article, she would have known that it was her body telling her to ditch that frog.

There are also those who make lists of people they’ve kissed or people they plan on kissing, like a to-do list, and others who brag about the number of people they kissed at a party; talk about killing the romance and taking the fun out of smooching!

So you must remember this, a kiss is - NOT - just a kiss, even as time goes by… Sorry, Louis Armstrong.