Live Life Puckering!
By Evonne White
Happy Heart Month! With that comes another holiday…Valentines Day. I bet you still have holiday cookies lying around and are still getting the statements from all of your Santa purchases. I got you covered. I’m going to save you time, money, stress, and have you burning calories instead of consuming massive calories eating a box of chocolate.
How? Pucker up
Kissing is the simplest act of romance, yet it can be the most erotic, sensual, and loving act of romance. Many times, we forget just how wonderful kissing can truly be… whether it’s a good make out session or a tender kiss to say “I Love You”. Humans have a long history of kissing. Europeans kiss both cheeks. Parents kiss their child’s cheek. The Intuit rub noses. The French kiss by… ;).
The average person will spend more than 20,000 minutes of their life kissing.
Do I have your attention?
Kissing not only feels good, it’s good for you. It relieves stress and releases epinephrine into your blood, making it pump faster, which may result in a reduction of LDL cholesterol.
Look at the other benefits smooching gets you:
Kissing lowers stress
It decreases the stress hormone cortisol and increases serotonin levels in the brain. Kissing has also been measured to lower anxiety and has similar benefits to meditation.
Kissing makes us happier.
It improves our mood by increasing endorphins, which are our feel-good hormones.
Kissing keeps us healthy.
It improves our immunity by releasing antibodies that kill bacteria. Kissing also helps prevent cavities by increasing saliva that washes our teeth. It has also been shown that our saliva secretes natural antibiotics when we kiss.
Kissing calms us down and promotes pleasure.
It increases levels of oxytocin otherwise known as the “love hormone” which calms us. Kissing also reduces pain through our saliva which contains a kind of anesthetic and increases pleasure by releasing dopamine.
Kissing strengthens our relationships.
It promotes togetherness and couples who kiss regularly live five years longer than those who don’t.
Kissing burns calories!
Depending on different reports, anywhere from 2 to 6 calories a minute. Not quite a jog on the treadmill, but one hours’ worth of smooching may burn off half a handful of M&Ms or half a glass of wine. Hey, it’s something.
Kissing keeps facial muscles strong.
Sure tight abs or cellulite-free thighs may be first on the Tone Up list, but don’t underestimate the workout your mouth gets during a make out session. Researchers say you use 30 muscles while kissing and the smooching helps keep your cheeks tight. Nice. We’ll take what we can get.
There are plenty more benefits to kissing…but I am guessing that you already have your favorite reasons. I’ve paved the road for you love birds now get creative with it and trade in those Hershey Kisses for the real thing!