Today is national kissing day but what is in a kiss? Well it’s a bit gross but mainly saliva, hormones and bacteria to be honest but lets not forget about the fun factor too.
To celebrate here are a few fun facts about kissing:
- A quick romantic kiss burns about 2-3 calories. A more passionate kiss burns 5 or more calories, depending on the duration and intimacy of the kiss.
- The average person spends about 20,160 minutes of his or her life kissing.
- Men are more likely to initiate kissing before sex. Women are more likely to initiate kissing after sex.
- Women use the intensity and frequency of kissing to evaluate a man’s suitability for short-term relationships as well as judging the potential of a short-term relationship evolving into a long-term relationship. Men use kissing, especially in short-term relationships, to increase the likelihood of having sex.
- Mucus membranes inside the mouth are permeable to hormones such as testosterone. Through open-mouth kissing, men introduced testosterone into a woman’s mouth. Testosterone is absorbed through the mucus membranes in the woman’s mouth and increases arousal and the likelihood that she will engage in reproductive behaviour.
- Kissing naturally relaxes you. Scientific reports say kissing increases the levels of oxytocin, the body’s natural calming chemical and also increased endorphins, the body’s feel-good chemicals and dopamine, which aids in feelings of romantic attachment.
- Men, more than women, use kissing in an attempt to end fights.
- A recent survey by online dating website MySingleFriend.com to celebrate National Kissing Day, has revealed that a whopping 88% of us would kiss on the first date.
- Kissing can increase your life expectancy. Sure, sucking face has been blamed for the rise of Mononucleosis, the spread of cold sores, and the general transmission of other unsavoury diseases. But a study has shown that men live up to five years longer if they kiss their wife before going to work.