Pucker up, butter cup…

Pass the breath mints, please! It is time to talk about philematology – you may know it better as kissing. While kissing is a loving act and feels ph-so-good, it has a whole spectrum of health benefits.

Kissing is good for the soul. The rush often felt from kissing comes from two natural stimulants: dopamine and norepinephrine, which can make us go from stressed-out to relaxed. The effects of kissing can also be likened to the calming effects of meditation.

Kissing is even good for the skin! A French kiss can exercise all the underlying muscles in the face, which some say could keep you looking younger and happier. And we all know the benefits of massage, so grab someone and massage a much ignored part of the face, the lips!

Birds do it, bees do it…whether it’s a friendly kiss or a serious session of mouth-to-mouth, why not engage in your own philematology session?

The science of kissing is called philematology.

A one-minute kiss burns 26 calories! A long kiss makes the metabolism burn sugar faster than usual.

A little pucker uses just two muscles around the lips. A passionate kiss (think Diego Luna!) uses all 34 facial muscles.

When we kiss, our hearts beat faster and our breathing becomes deep and irregular, mimicking the response of intense exercise. So if done right, kissing can be considered a great cardiovascular workout! At the same time it’s a terrific tension reliever. You shut out the world, you close your eyes and you’re almost smiling.

One theory says that social kissing originated with medieval knights as a way to find out if their wives had been drinking while they were away fighting.

The average person will spend an estimated two weeks of their lives kissing!

Ancient Egyptians kissed with their noses. Eskimos, Polynesians and Malaysians still do.

The longest documented kiss is 29 hours by contestants in 1998 in New York.

Our brains have special neurons than help us find each other’s lips in the dark.

Kissing signals our brain to produce oxytocin, a hormone that makes us feel good. It’s a scientific fact that biology causes one kiss to prompt another!

FYI:
Science of Kissing
Do You Practice Philematology?

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