Do you think kissing is the perfect way to connect with your main squeeze? And if you are always looking for reasons to kiss your partner, this news is just for you! A recent study has just confirmed that kissing is amazing for health. From reducing stress to lowering cholesterol levels and even curing some allergies, kissing is actually a blessing in disguise. Bryant Stamford, PhD, professor and director of the health promotion centre at the University of Louisville told a research website, "During a really, really passionate kiss, you might burn two calories a minute--double your metabolic rate."
Kissing also helps your body produce oxytocin (a calming chemical), endorphins (feel-good chemicals) and dopamine (a chemical that promotes bonding), but only if the kiss is longer than 20 seconds. According to the study titled, The Neurobiology of Love, “Love, pleasure, and lust have a stress-reducing and health-promoting potential since they carry the ability to heal or facilitate beneficial motivation and behaviour." So, basically, kissing calms you down, de-stresses you and makes you feel oh-so-good. And that’s Science talking, not us!
Physical exchanges of affection including hugs, cuddles and kisses "buffer the individual against the physiological effects of stress," according to the Western Journal of Communication. The study went on to say, "It is logical to predict that it will also affect improvements on physiological parameters that are exacerbated by stress.” So, one might say, an apple a kiss a day, keeps the doctor away. *wink wink*
Furthermore, because of the effects kissing has on ‘the love hormone’, it helps your mood stay balanced and gives you a happy high. Not just that, kissing reduces anxiety and even early signs of depression.
Do you need any more reasons to smooch your partner today?