Ah, the kiss! It’s so many things- mostly we long for it, but sometimes we just want to get done with an air kiss and there are also those times when we cringe the moment we see that aunt coming in for a big kiss at family function. Well, maybe it’s time to give kisses some more time and place in our lives. Because that collision of lips and the skin that we so often take for granted has a whole lot more bubbling under the surface that what meets the eye. Kissing is a lot more than just a kiss as it has a lot of physical and mental benefits that you’re so worthy of. Here we present 7 reasons as to why you should kiss your loved ones without a second thought.
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1. Boosts happy hormones
Kissing leads your brain to release a cocktail of chemicals that leave you feeling super good. It feels like the pleasure centers of your brain are ignited.
2. Makes you confident
Kissing has a tangible impact on your self-esteem. It reduces your cortisol levels which increases potential of improving your feelings of self-worth.
3. Relieves stress
Speaking of cortisol, an increase of it also leads to stressful situations. And kissing and other affectionate communication like hugging is directly related to lowering the stress hormone cortisol throughout the day.
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4. Helps your teeth
Smooches increase saliva production that helps your teeth clean themselves of harmful bacteria. However, only as long as you two are fairly hygienic.
5. Delays signs of aging
Here’s another reason to kiss as much as possible. The increased blood flow to your face has a huge contribution to anti-aging. Not only this, it also stimulates the production of collagen and elastin- the very substances that your beautiful skin is made of. Kiss more and more and you’ll never need a face-lift.
6. Soothes headaches
Kiss the “not tonight. I have a headache” excuse goodbye for good. The widening of the blood vessels and lowered blood pressure relieve you from headaches. Kissing also help you prevent headaches by lowering stress which is considered a major headache trigger.
7. Finally, helps you pick the best partner
Kissing is nothing less than a mate assessment tool. When you kiss somebody, you can see them, feel them and hear them. It’s not just kissing then, it’s also a profound advertisement of who you are, what you want and what you can give. Hence, that first kiss is always a make-or-break proposition.