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Surprising health benefits of kissing

If you have not been kissing your partner for all the awkward reasons, then it’s about time you rescind your decision to generously give and receive kisses.

Though kissing is involuntary for fresh couples, it can get a bit mundane as a couple stay longer in a relationship; especially when one party is not really a passionate kisser.

Well, if you fall in the passionate kisser group, good for you! Because you are about to learn of the thousands of benefits you reap from engaging in it often.

If you’re not, then you are about to learn why you should welcome kissing from your partner more often.

Kissing helps assess your compatibility as couple
A study conducted in 2013 found that kissing may help you assess the suitability of a potential partner. According to women surveyed, a first kiss can basically make it or break it when it comes to her attraction.

Kissing helps you bond with the partner
Oxytocin is a chemical linked to pair bonding. The rush of oxytocin released when you kiss causes feelings of affection and attachment. Kissing your partner can improve relationship satisfaction and may be especially important in long-term relationships.

Kissing boosts your ‘happy hormones’
Kissing triggers your brain to release a cocktail of chemicals that leave you feeling oh so good by igniting the pleasure centers of the brain.

These chemicals include oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin, which can make you feel euphoric and encourage feelings of affection and bonding. It also lowers your cortisol (stress hormone) levels.

Kissing has a tangible impact on your self-esteem
In addition to boosting your happy hormones, kissing can reduce your cortisol levels — potentially improving your feelings of self-worth.

Researchers in one 2016 study found that participants who were unhappy with their physical appearance had higher cortisol levels.

Although more research is needed, experiencing a temporary drop in cortisol each time you kiss isn’t a bad way to pass the time.

Kissing relieves stress
Speaking of cortisol, kissing also lowers cortisol levels and stress. Kissing and other affectionate communication, like hugging and saying “I love you,” impacts the physiological processes related to stress management.

Kissing reduces anxiety
Stress management includes how well you handle stress and anxiety. There’s nothing quite like a kiss and some affection to help calm you. Oxytocin decreases anxiety and increases relaxation and wellness.

Kissing helps reduce your blood pressure
Kissing increases your heart rate in a way that dilates your blood vessels, according to Andrea Demirjian, author of the book, “Kissing: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About One of Life’s Sweetest Pleasures.”

When your blood vessels dilate, your blood flow increases and causes an immediate decrease in your blood pressure. So this means that kissing is good for the heart, literally and metaphorically!

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