Most people consider kissing to be a natural activity, one that shouldn’t require and teaching or advice. If you have ever encountered a bad kisser, however, you probably strongly disagree. Sometimes the hints taken from movies or gentle reminders just don’t do the trick. Kissing can also be incredibly good for your health. From technique to biological truths, here are a few interesting facts about kissing.
Women and Men View Kissing Very Differently
Studies that relied on surveys of college age adults show that women put much more thought into the meaning of a kiss. Men mostly see kissing as a precursor to sexual activity. Women use the significance of a kiss to determine whether or not a person is the right person for them to be dating. Women may also be more attentive to different types of kisses and the meaning behind them.
While kissing may only be a small part of your day, endurance comes in handy in some situations. Contents are silly part of entertainment in many cultures. Kissing, of course, has not been left out in the cold when it comes to competition. The longest kiss on record was endured for 58 hours and 35 minutes. It is unclear how the couple managed to stay hydrated during this time.
There are many activities can contribute to the release of oxytocin into your body. Kissing is one of them. Oxytocin is one of the “feel good hormones” released by your body. It is also referred to as “the love hormone,” at times. It is also released when mothers breastfeed their babies. Oxytocin contributes to a slight feeling of euphoria and can help reduce stress. If you don’t have anyone to lock lips with you can also accomplish this by hugging your dog.
Kissing Can Help You Think Clearer
You should not expect to become a neuroscientist just because you increase your kissing time. A few minutes of kissing every day, however, can surely help to clear you mind and make you more attentive. When you sense danger, epinephrine helps to get your body and mind moving at an accelerated pace. Epinephrine and norepinephrine are also increased when you kiss. This makes your heart beat faster, increasing oxygen delivery to your brain.
The Term “French Kissing” is Kind of an Insult
Open mouth kisses that involve the activity of your tongue are often called French kisses. This has nothing to do with anatomy or technique, however. In the early part of the 1920s there came an awareness of French romantic culture that resulted in the name. The French were considered by some to be ridiculously romantic in how they perceived or expressed things. This way of life contributed to the term “French Kissing,” as this form of kissing is more exaggerated.
Kissing is Addictive
You may notice that after you get home from a date, you begin to daydream about the next kiss. You may also spend some time replaying the event of your goodnight kiss in your head. Your body gets a surge of dopamine when you engage in kissing. This is like a drug for your body and makes you crave more.
Kissing Resembles Breastfeeding
Leave it to the scientists to try to figure out where kissing began in the first place. Most of us are content with the fact that it has probably been a natural response since the beginning of humanity. There are some theories, however, that suggest it evolved from breastfeeding. Both activities use the orbicularis oris muscle to make a similar shape with the mouth.
To the Right
There seems to be a general tendency to lean to the right when gearing up for a smooch. Yes, researchers spent some time on this study. These studies led to the conclusion that about two thirds of kissing participants do this without even thinking about it. The tendency could have something to do with the dominate hand used for writing.
Good Kissing Results in Positive Feedback
There is no standard instruction manual to refer to when trying to figure out if you are a good kisser or not. You might be able to gather some advice from a recent copy of Cosmopolitan magazine, however. If your partner is content with your kissing skills you are likely to be met with positive reviews. Good kisser often get comments about their advanced skills, while others may not receive any feedback. If your partner is dropping hints or redirecting you, it might be time to watch a good love scene in a movie to get some better moves.
Everyone has a different tolerance level when it comes to public displays of affection. It is important to get on the same page as your partner. You don’t want to go all out in front of your girlfriend’s mom, for example. Take hints from the people around you. What is acceptable on the front doorstep after a date is very different than what may be expected at the mall. To avoid sending your partner running for the hills, pat attention to your surroundings when you lean in for a kiss.
Kissing is a natural part of the human experience. In most cases, it is considered to be a pleasant activity. You can, however, turn it into a bad experience by being overly aggressive or inappropriate. Men and women view kissing and the meaning behind it very differently. Sometimes talking things out can make things easier when a relationship gets physical. Kissing is, however, good for your mental and physical health when done right.