Delight yourself with these facts about kissing
What has been one of your favorite parts about falling in love? We bet it was kissing. We all enjoy it and is just something that we do but, what we don’t do much is think deeply about it. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about kissing? Is it your first love or your beloved boyfriend?
There are some facts about kissing that we’re sure you’ll find interesting and fun because guess what? A lot of things are going on while you’re kissing. So pucker up and take a look at these fun facts.
1. While you’re kissing, you’re exercising too
Kissing is much more than what your tongue and lips are doing. One kiss requires the coordination of 146 muscles (34 facial muscles and 112 postural muscles). This was discovered by a team of British researches at the Rayne Institute in University College, in London.
They studied couples under an MRI scanner and they found out that the muscle most used in kissing is the orbicularis oris (the muscle around the mouth).
2. Kissing builds immunity
According to a Dutch study published in Microbiome journal on November of 2014, it just takes 10 seconds of French kissing to transfer 80 million germs from one person’s mouth to the other (that sounds gross, right?), actually that’s beneficial in regards of immunity. All that bug swapping helps your body develop immunity.
Kissing has other awesome health benefits. A makeup session with your loved one helps you burn calories (two or three calories per minute), it can help you relieve pains and aches and can help you prevent cavities.
3. Through a kiss, you can assess your mate
When women are close to ovulation (that period when you’re more likely to get pregnant), romantic kissing becomes very important. From an evolutionary point of view, this makes a lot of sense. This has been confirmed by researches, a kiss offers a great way for women to assess their mate through smell or taste.
4. You kissing style may have originated in the womb
Have you noticed that when you kiss you tend to tilt to the right? You’re not alone there, two-thirds of people around the world do the same. It’s not something we do because we’re copying what others are doing, this right-side kissing style has its origins in the womb.
This was Onur Güntürkün’s conclusion after spying on 224 kissing couples in various scenarios. This right tilting preference, according to him was established in the womb because that was the direction your head tilted when you were inside it.
5. The term “French Kissing” was not actually coined by the French
It’s true that the French have always been known for their adventurous and passionate ways in which they show and express love, kissing wasn’t the exception but they didn’t actually coin the phrase, French Kiss. The “French Kiss” was known at one time, as the “Florentine Kiss”.
There’s a theory that tells its origin, and it goes back to the end of World War I. Upon returning home, the British and the American soldiers greeted their wives and girlfriends the same way they had observed the French did, with lusty and passionate kisses (tongue included). The credit goes to the English for making it a popular term, and to the French for showing us how it’s done.
6. Kissing can lower your stress levels
You know that a good kiss can take your mind off your worries, right? Well, it turns out that it can also lower your stress level Neuroscientist Wendy Hill did some research on the topic, she asked students at college to participate in a 15-minute makeout session in a lab. After the kissing session was over she discovered that the levels of the stress hormone cortisol have lowered.
What myths are still surrounding kissing?
Kissing is how we humans show our affection (the most common way at least), but did you know that there are many myths surrounding it? Here are some common myths about kissing still alive today.
7. You can make someone stop talking with a kiss
Ok, some people may like that, (do you?). The “shut up kiss” may sound and look romantic in movies but in reality, it can be rude and distracting, especially if you are trying to make a point.
8. Kissing The Blarney Stone will give you “the gift of gab”
The Blarney Stone is set in the wall of the Blarney Castle Tower in Ireland, and it’s believed that if you kiss the stone it’ll bring you “the gift of gab” or the ability to speak easily and confidently. Legend tells that an old lady cast a spell on the stone as a reward to the king who had saved her from drowning.
It’s kind of difficult to actually kiss the stone because it’s hard to reach but if you’re willing to risk it, go for it.
9.The “Eskimo Kiss” does not replace kissing
The Inuits and other northern groups have this special way of showing affection where they smell and nuzzle their loved ones called Kunik. They touch noses (what is known as the Eskimo Kiss), but they also touch nose to cheek, nose to forehead, nose to chin, etc. But in a romantic relationship, the Kunik doesn’t replace the kiss.
10. Kissing under the mistletoe would guarantee you a deep romance
In the Pre-Christian era, it was believed that the mistletoe had magical powers. It could ward off the theft from fairies and it could also unlock the secret of dreams and promote fertility. So in the 18th century England it was believed that if a woman was kissed under the mistletoe, it could make or break her marital proposals.
Now it’s more like a cute tradition, where it’s just nice to be kissed under the mistletoe, right? So don’t get your hopes up! 🙂
Now that you know all this funny tidbits and myths about kissing, you’ll be much better prepared for the next time you and your lips are ready to have some fun.