Kissing someone for the first time can be an incredibly beautiful and amazing experience. The first time is always etched in the memory forever, no matter how it goes.
Few things can match the euphoria of a great first kiss – the hormones, biological factors and chemical reactions in your body work together wonderfully to make the experience something that jostles your whole body.
8 amazing things that happen when you kiss someone
Here are 8 amazing things backed by science that happen when you kiss someone for the first time. In fact, there’s actually a whole field of study dedicated to the science of kissing — philematology.
1. Kissing can decrease your stress levels
Kissing can cause decrease in the stress hormone, cortisol, and boost the serotonin levels in the brain. A pump of serotonin levels, the hormone responsible for regulating your mood can make you feel lighter and de-stressed.
A study cited on NBC concluded that a 15-minute make-out session amongst college students can actually cause decrease in stress hormone cortisol, and increase in feel-good hormone oxytocin.
While both men and women were found to have decline in the level of cortisol, the increase in oxytocin was mainly observed in men, which was surprising. Men were more inclined to bonding and pairing.
So the next time you feel sad, depressed, wounded and stressed, work out an amazing kiss, ditching that mug of beer!
2. Kissing helps you burn calories
Kissing does not only de-stress you, but also helps you lose weight. Puckering up can burn as many as 6.4 calories a minute, in an intense kiss session.
The IndiaTimes website suggests that kissing can burn 120 to 130 calories per hour, which amounts to 2 to 3 calories per minute.
Kissing definitely pumps up your metabolism to twice the normal rate, which is indeed good news. Most people at rest burn about one calorie a minute, so while we don’t suggest you skip your gym or Zumba sessions, make the most out of kissing when you are lazily parked on your couch. And by the way, kissing that leads to sex has its health benefits too, summed up here.
3. You feel good after kissing
The easiest way to boost your happiness is to kiss your partner romantically in different styles. Research has it that kissing releases the feel-good and happy hormones, endorphins.
Lips are the most exposed erogenous zones and have nerve endings. With just the right pressure, kissing can release dopamine in the brain and make you moan with pleasure. Dopamine is the chemical associated with pleasurable activities like having sex, eating your favourite food and listening to the music you like.
Kissing is happiness indeed!
4. Kissing can help check your bad cholesterol
High blood cholesterol can lead to serious complications such as heart attack and stroke. Stress has been quite a strong reason for high cholesterol levels due to associated bad eating habits. Kissing can help improve your blood lipid profile and decrease the total serum cholesterol, boosting your overall health, reports a study. Kissing regularly helps your bond grow stronger and does more than good to your overall well-being.
5. Pheromones are released, making you attractive instantly
When we kiss, the body releases pheromones, which basically are hormones released outside of the body and received by another being. Animals are known to use pheromones to elicit their sexual desires, attraction and arousal.
When we kiss, the sebum or oils present on the nose and mouth secrete pheromones. They increase our attractiveness and the body tries to find out if the person you are kissing will make a good partner for you. If you don’t get the vibes or your body tells you to pull away, it is your body’s way of telling you to back off. When you kiss someone, you’d feel the scent, vibes, smell and energy – the absence of which can indicate that you need to find someone else – to kiss.
6. Kissing can tone your facial muscles
When you kiss, you put around 30 of your facial muscles to work. Your face gets a workout and you get to retain your youthful looks when you kiss every day. Your cheeks will get toned and won’t droop. Locking lips could actually make you look younger, provided you practice a few kissing sessions regularly everyday! Your cheekbones become more visible (yeah, another reason to pout eh?)
Another reason to lock your lips with your loved one!
7. Saliva can help you decide your potential mate
Have you ever wondered why kissing is such a wide practice across so many cultures? What purpose does it serve? Well, researchers at the Oxford University have concluded that when we kiss, and the saliva is released, it helps us figure out whether or we would like to make babies with the person being kissed. 1
Kissing actually helps a person to subconsciously assess a potential mate, based on the smell, taste and other biological factors.
Sloppy foreplay and doubts that make you wonder whether you should continue the relationship or not, is actually your body’s way of assessing a potential mate.
8. You experience an adrenaline rush
The thumping heart, the sweaty palms, the gush of blood and so many hormones at play that make us feel excited and sensual are the work of just a kiss. The energy levels go up, and you have a lot of positive vibes coming up. You feel aroused, and hopefully get to have sex after an intense, mind-blowing kiss.
Thanks to the release of adrenaline, the heavy breathing and the increased blood flow make one intoxicated with passion and lust. Well, if you are a couple much in love, you may actually feel more at peace than a heightened sense of passion and arousal.
As you feel happy, and rev up for the final act of love making, do not underestimate the power of a kiss. A kiss can enliven just about every part of you, every nerve and every sense that your body has.
Now go find someone to share a hot kiss with, and experience the ecstasy!