What’s in a Kiss?
“More perhaps than just a moment of bliss.” chants singer Gilbert O’Sullivan.Think back to your first romantic kiss. Chances are it involved soft lips touching, moist exchange of emotions, passion, and a huge gulp of a potent organic cocktail of dopamine, oxytocin, and serotonin (powerful feel-good hormones).
My most memorable kiss left me breathless. I vividly recall it still. Fireworks ignited, sparks flew. Instantly reaching a natural high, I felt like a rocket taking off into flight. Perhaps you’ll never forget the mind-blowing kisses that brought you delight. Once smitten and enveloped in magical bliss, didn’t you look forward to more moments like this?
KIssing Makes Good Sense
People have enjoyed smooching for centuries, especially on holidays. From Valentine’s Day (February 14th) to World Kissing Day (July 6th) millions of kisses are given and exchanged around the world in contests, activities, or simply to proclaim the power of touch and the role kissing plays in social bonding. Landing a peck on the cheek of a friend strengthens ties with that person. Swapping a nice juicy one with a romantic partner helps keeps the passion burning. Platonic kisses connect people too, while personal preferences and cultural norms tell us with whom, how, and when it’s okay to pucker up.
Year-end, party-goers eagerly comply when caught standing under the mistletoe at family gatherings and office celebrations alike. At the top of the smooch meter lies the ever-popular New Year’s kiss. Once the clock strikes midnight, the plan is to grab a loved one (or any person nearby), and land the very first smooch of the New Year. Western culture boasts, it’s better to kiss than not to kiss. Some believers were convinced the New Year’s kiss brought good luck and it even ensured protection from evil spirits.
Why Kiss More?
Lock lips more, since studies show that a really good smooch:
- Increases production of feel-good chemicals
- Lowers anxiety
- Improves mood
- Exercises facial and tongue muscles, and gives numerous muscles a workout
- Lowers blood pressure
- Helps to reduce stress and lessen pain
Kissing is fun and fills us with glee. It makes for a perfect home remedy. A good kiss is the kind of medicine no doctor need prescribe. A simple pleasure, this pre-packaged gift can benefit you physically, mentally, and emotionally.
We challenge you to find more ways and places to touch and connect with people. Adopt the K.I.S.S. method for self-care and feeling great. “Keep it simple stupid.” D.I.Y. daily. Do it yourself, but make it easy and rest assured, the aircraft design engineer who coined this “K.I.S.S.” phrase did not intend to insult, the goal is to help you devise a plan that will bring you smooch success.
Caution, take care and beware, not all kisses are the same! There’s no guarantee you’ll enjoy every kiss you receive. Be sure to check with a health professional if your chosen kiss method produces undesired results.
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