There are very few people on Earth who do not like kissing. It is one of the first acts we are exposed to in life to show affection. Parents kiss foreheads and cheeks of newborns and adults use kissing to express their love for one another or for pleasure. While many people are aware of the joys of kissing very few people are aware of the health benefits that kissing can have. Here is a list of top 20 amazing and interesting facts about kissing that will motivate to you to kiss more and spread love
Fact #1 History of Kissing
Nobody is sure as how kissing started. Even no one is sure if it was an instinctual or learned behaviour. The word “kiss” comes from the Old English word cyssan, which means “to kiss.” But no one is sure where cyssan comes from. Kissing as romantic gesture finds mention in poems of Sumer civilization. The ancient Egyptians have mentioned about kissing in their poems. Even the Romans had several words for several different types of kissing. Kissing the hand or cheek was known as basium, closed-mouth kissing was known as osculum, and a passionate kiss was known as a saviolum.
Fact #2 How Kissing Spread Over the World
However, the true origin of kissing remains a mystery, historians have found in India the earliest references to the practice. Historians believe that when Alexander The Great invaded India, where kissing had been common as it was described in Vedic scriptures as touching with their mouths Then he probably spread the knowledge of kissing to the western world and we haven’t stopped since. Even Epic Mahabharata contained references of lip kissing.
Fact #3 10 percent People Do not Kiss
These days, 10 percent of the world’s cultures don’t kiss due to a variety of reasons. Some people in Sudan don’t kiss as they believe with mouth to mouth contact their soul will get stolen as the mouth is the window to the soul.
Fact #4 Pucker Up!! Bacterias Don’t Harm
Around 10 million to 1 billion bacteria are exchanged when two people kiss but you will be amazed to know that Kissing is more sanitary than shaking hands. Trust me, do not give a damn about bacteria and pucker up. A study says that men who kiss their wife’s in the morning, reportedly life five years longer than who don’t.
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Fact #5 Science of Kissing
The science of kissing is called Philematology. The people who make their career out of the study are called Osculologist. Even more, there is a scientific term for French kissing – Cataglottism and fear of kissing is called Philemaphobia.
Fact #6 Kissing Euphoria
When you kiss someone your heart beats faster and more oxygen reaches your brain. Endorphins are released which bring on waves of euphoria and triggers the release of oxytocin in your body. Oxytocin “love hormone” helps you in developing feelings of attachment and keeps the love in a relationship alive.
Fact #7 Longest Kiss
Thailand’s Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarat hold the world record for longest kiss. At a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Event in 2013, they created history by kissing for 58 hours, 35 minutes and 58 seconds. They broke the previous record of 31 hours and 18 minutes held by Andrea Sarti and Anna Chen.
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Fact #8 You Learn Kissing Style in Womb
Two-thirds of people tilt their head to the right when they kiss and scientists believe that this instinct originates in the womb when we naturally tilted our heads to the right. An average person spends two weeks of its life Kissing.
Fact #9 Eskimo Kiss
Eskimo kiss, in which people bump noses together instead of their mouths, didn’t start because they feared that their mouths will get frozen together, but due to extreme cold, the Eskimos only have their eyes and noses exposed and they invented their own method to display affection.
Fact #10 Kissing Health Benefits
Kissing is very good for health. It helps to burn calories and one minute of kissing burns 2 calories. It helps to strengthen the immune system, relieves pains and stress and also helps to prevent the cavities. So do you really need more reasons to pucker your lips?
Fact #11 Kissing Helps Reduce Blood Pressure
For those of us with high blood pressure you now have another excuse to start kissing. When you kiss someone you work out your heart and get it beating in a way that helps to lower your blood pressure. It does this by dilating your blood vessels, which causes your blood to start flowing freely and access the vital organs.
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Fact #12 Kissing Helps Clean Your Teeth
Kissing is good for teeth. The anticipation of a kiss increases the flow of saliva to the mouth, giving the teeth a plaque-dispersing bath.
You know how you hate to go to the dentist to have those cavities removed? Well, it turns out that the more you kiss the less likely cavities become. When you kiss it helps get your fluids flowing into your mouth and when the fluids start flowing that means plaque and other debris on your teeth start being washed away.
Fact #13 Kissing Makes You Happy
We all know that kissing can make you… well, happy but it can do more than just make your sexually excited. When you start kissing it tells your body to start releasing the natural chemicals that make you happy, including serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. When you kiss you are less stressed out.
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Fact #14 Kissing Can Fight Pain
Kissing can actually help relieve pain that you feel, the same endorphins that make you happy also help relieve pain. Some medical journals suggest that the pain-relieving effects of those endorphins may be stronger than morphine. It may take more than a peck on the cheek to relieve serious pain though.
Fact #15 Kissing Helps With Menstrual Cramps
Menstrual cramps can be combatted by kissing, and the more kissing the better. When kissing causes your blood vessels to dilate it allows your pain to ebb. This is also good for headaches. Some researchers suggest that you should ask your significant other to kiss when you are feeling the pain of menstrual cramps instead of pushing them away.
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Fact #16 Kissing Burns Calories
For those who are serious fitness buffs kissing won’t burn more calories than your regular workout, but when you are engaged in a serious makeout session you can burn up to 16 calories per kiss. That is a fair amount of calories burned for doing something that is enjoyable. You don’t even have to go out it for 5 hours to get a good calorie burn. Love making can burn even more calories.
Fact #17 Kissing Can Help You Tone Your Face
Because you are giving your face a workout when you kiss you are helping to work out certain areas of your face. For the most part, when you are kissing you are working to tone your neck and jawline. These are areas that are worried about later in life so the more you kiss the less you will have to wait later.
Fact #18 Kissing Helps You Fight Off Colds
It turns out that kissing can help you fight off the common cold, how? It involves the swapping of saliva with another person and that saliva contains antibodies and bacteria that help your system learn and grow. This also works with allergies. If you or your partner have allergies you swap resistance to allergies when you kiss making your symptoms lessen.
Fact #19 Kissing Makes You Feel Better About Yourself
It is common knowledge that kissing makes people happy, but it also makes us feel better about ourselves. A German study found that those who kissed their significant other before work are more successful. When you kiss your significant other you are emphasizing the connection that you have and reminding each other that you love each other.
Fact #20 Kissing as A Compatibility Tester
Sometimes our first kisses with a new person suck, but if your second kiss or even third also don’t make you feel right? Well, then it is probably time to find a new partner. It is a great way to tell if you and your partner are going to have a healthy relationship. Just don’t let the first kiss be the deciding factor because both of you could be nervous or even embarrassed.
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Some More Bizzare and Random Facts about Kissing
- French kissing involves 34 facial muscles. A pucker kiss involves only two.
- It is possible for a woman to reach an orgasm through kissing.
- The average person spends at least two weeks of their life kissing
- The Kama (desire) Sutra (a type of verse) lists over 30 types of kisses, such as “fighting of the tongue.
- Common chimpanzees kiss with open mouths, but not with their tongues. Bonobos, the most intelligent of primates, do kiss with their tongues.
- Kissing at the conclusion of a wedding ceremony can be traced to ancient Roman tradition where a kiss was used to sign the contract.
- On July 16, 1439, King Henry VI banned kissing in England to prevent the spread of the plague
- A medieval manuscript warns Japanese men against deep kissing during the female orgasm because a woman might accidentally bite off part of her lover’s tongue.
- The insulting slang “kiss my ass” dates back at least to 1705.
- The most important muscle in kissing is the orbicularis oris, also known as the kissing muscle, which allows the lips to “pucker.
- Our brains have special neurons that help us find each other’s lips in the dark.
- “Basorexia” means an overwhelming desire to kiss.
- The first on-screen kiss was shot in 1896 by the Edison Company. Titled The May Irwin-John C. Rice Kiss, the film was 30 seconds long and consisted entirely of a man and a woman kissing close up.
- The first on-screen kiss between two members of the same sex was in Cecil B. DeMille’s 1922 Manslaughter
- Indonesia banned kissing in public in 2004.
- The most searched tutorial on YouTube is”How to Kiss”