You think about kissing a lot, whether it’s something that you’ve done before or are still waiting on. A lot of people think about kissing; so much, in fact, that there is an entire branch of study dedicated to kissing–it’s called “philemotology.” This field exists not only because kissing is fun AF, but also because, apparently, a lot of chemical and biological things that happens in your body when you kiss someone.
“Kissing is an instinct which aims at releasing chemicals in order to experience pleasant feelings.” Takeesha Roland-Jenkins, a professional consultant for the Between Us Clinic, tells Bustle, “Furthermore, the lips have nerve endings that become stimulated upon kissing, leading to the activation of additional senses such as smell.” Kissing is a wild, well-timed science experiment.
Here are seven incredible things that happen to your body when you kiss someone
#1. Stress Level Decreases
If you’re feeling tightly wound, try opting for a makeout session instead of a glass of wine. Kissing regularly can help to lower your stress levels. According to a study, college students who participated in 15-minute makeout sessions had drastically decreased cortisol levels, the body’s stress hormone.
The study also found that those who participated in the kissing felt stronger pair bonds to their partners. Pair bonding is what makes you feel close to the one you love.
#2. Oxytocin Is Released
Oxytoxin is responsible for personal attachments and a benevolent disposition towards relatives. That’s why, often kissing your loved ones, we feel more optimistic, happy and less stressed.
#3. Your Cholesterol Improves
As if you needed another reason to make out, kissing can actually improve your overall health, particularly your blood lipid levels. In a study in the 2009, researchers found that romantic kissing can actually decrease serum cholesterol and increase overall relationship satisfaction for couples.
#4. Adrenaline Rush
While kissing a large amount of adrenaline is released n our body. The heart rate increases and blood flow is positively impacted. This helps to increase your energy levels, giving you a boost of positive vibes.
#5. All Your Brain’s Happy Chemicals Are Released
In an interview with The Expondent, Justin Lehmiller, a Harvard professor of psychology said that when we kiss, our brains are flooded with dopamine. This is the same chemical that is released when we engage in other highly pleasurable activities such as sex or listening to our favorite music.
#6. Your Pupils Dilate
We have often noticed that people close their eyes while kissing, it’s because our pupils naturally dilate, making us susceptible to light sensitivity. This occurs because our pupils widen when we feel intense sexual attraction.
#7. Your Saliva Is Designed To Help You Assess Potential Mates
The chemical makeup of saliva helps your body decide if the person you’re kissing would produce strong offspring. A recent study done says that man’s saliva contains testosterone making it possible for a woman to access his strength as a potential mate on a molecular level.
#8. Calories Are Burnt
A good makeout can mimic the effects of a workout–your hearts beats faster and your breathing becomes deep and irregular, which means that kissing can burn up to 100 calories at a time. According to studies a passionate kiss between two people burns up to 6.4 calories/minute. It’s equal to the same amount of calories burnt while swimming for about 30 mins or running for around 25 mins.
#9. Face Muscles Are Toned
When we kiss about 30 muscles are active and are being used. So while kissing the face muscles are being toned preventing them from drooping. So kissing can actually prolong your looks.
#10. You Start Looking Young
When you kiss the body releases pheromones. These are the natural chemicals that attract us to one another. When you’re flushing in pheromones, you’re going to seem extra sexy to those around you. You are literally glowing.