Kissing is one of the most rewarding components for your physiological health. The minute your tongue does the tango with another person, your body immediately reacts to the hot and steamy sensation. The body begins to get excited, tingly, and aroused evoking high volumes of “happy hormones” in your brain. It makes you think, “The touch of your lips takes my breath away.”
As your hormones begin to elevate, your mood shifts upward leaving you with a glowing grin ear to ear. It’s like all of a sudden you have this instant high on life and nothing can bring you down.
Kissing is great for your mood, it’s an immunity booster, a calorie burner, or simply a way to connect with a person. It also burns 1.5 calories per minute.
Turning up the night with a make out session can literally be mind blowing. It stimulates your body in so many ways that are beneficial to your overall health: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Your body has an “aha!” moment, and you begin to crave more. Kissing is actually much more intimate than sex. Here are amazing things that happen to your body when you’re making out.
Kissing relieves stress:
Several studies have measured levels of the stress hormone, Cortisol, before and after a make out session, and in both men and women there is a consistent, significant drop in cortisol. So if you are stressed – have a little smooch (although if it is work related stress maybe don’t pucker up in the boardroom, that would be super awkward).
Your dating magnetism increases.
The minute you kiss someone, the fireworks start shooting off into a thousand little stars or you feel nothing at all.
A kiss is a great measuring tool to use to determine whether there’s a magnetic spark between you and a person. Your body instantly sends a signal your brain to decide if there is compatibility based on the exchange of your sensational receptors.
Since birth, you’ve used your lips and tongue to decide what’s good for you. Your mouth is super sensitive to your likes and dislikes. Hence, why you have taste buds to guide you on food selections and temperature levels when drinking something hot or cold.
There are many nerve endings in the mouth leading us to what feels great inside your body. So when you kiss a person, you feel them, taste them and know if you want more or less of it. Try it more than once, just to give it a good tongue twist.
Making out is a great dating mechanism in knowing who’s the best partner for you.
Face and Mouth
Oddly, it all starts with a tilt to the right. Eighty percent of people angle their head that way when going in for a kiss.
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Meanwhile, your nose is buried in his scent, which may be emitting subtle chemical attractants that could intensify your arousal.
A quick peck uses a couple of muscles, but kissing passionately engages some 24 facial muscles—plus 100 others in the body. (A fierce make-out might slay up to 100 calories.)
Your salivary glands begin their own workout, pumping out extra spit. During a real tongue twist, about nine milliliters of your saliva finds its way into his mouth (and vice versa). The gross news: That juice is teeming with as many as 1 billion bacteria. The better news: 95 percent of those are harmless.
If you’re really into this dude, the kiss sends shock waves throughout your body that can increase blood flow to certain areas. Think stiffened nipples, fluttery stomach, tingling genitals.
Sensing the hubbub, the adrenal glands unleash adrenaline. Cue a pounding heart, heavy breathing, or sweaty palms. (If you two become a couple, kissing could eventually trigger an opposite effect—peace instead of passion.)
The physical thrill may prompt your brain to cue up dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with pleasure. At the same time, other parts of your brain are shutting down negative emotions.
Your lip locking may also have prompted your pituitary gland (and his) to release oxytocin, the “bonding hormone.” You two might already be forming an emotional attachment.
Any kind of make-out can reduce tension and hike happiness. Duos who kiss frequently are more likely to have long, satisfying relationships.
Men pass along their testosterone in saliva to activate women’s sex drives
An interesting theory by Helen Fisher from Rutger’s University found that there is testosterone present in men’s saliva. She also found that men preferred a more saliva filled, slobbery kiss. Her theory was that men were unconsciously passing their testosterone filled saliva on to women in an attempt to activate the part of the woman’s brain associated with sex drive. I think this idea is intriguing, it certainly makes evolutionary sense, though I’m not a fan of sloppy kisses myself!
You tone up your face muscles
You use about 30 muscles when you kiss (depending on the type of kiss) and repeatedly doing this can exercise these muscles in a way that tones up the muscles in your face, preventing them from drooping, so kissing can prolong your youthful looks.
Pheromones fly about between you
Pheromones are like hormones, but they are released outside of your body, and recognised by others of the same species. Nobody really understands them, but from what we know so far these chemicals are released when we kiss, and our partner can sense them with their nose and mouth and will be able to detect if you are aroused. This is much better documented in animals, but it is thought humans could act the same way.
The way you tilt your head is learnt in the womb.
We have all had the awkward situation where you both lean your head one way, and then you bash heads and it’s super awkward and kills the moment. Head orientation preference in kissing is actually thought to be developed when we are a foetus, due to where our head and hands are positioned in the womb. Now there isn’t a huge amount of evidence on this, but I think the idea of it is cute. Research has found that most people do tend to tilt to the rightanyway, and that when there is a clash of heads it is a real turn off! (I know you are tilting your head whilst reading this, and I know most of you are tilting to the right!)