10 scientific ways that kissing benefits you!

Mental Floss has compiled this list of 10 scientific ways that kissing benefits you. Here they are:

  1. Kissing releases feel-good hormones.Kissing activates the brain’s reward system, releasing neurotransmitters like oxytocin, "the love hormone.”
  2. Those feel-good hormones have healing abilities.By reducing your stress hormones, your body can better focus on healing any physiological processes that are exacerbated by stress. 
  3. Kissing makes you more alert.Kissing often stimulates the release of adrenaline and noradrenaline. 
  4. Kissing can reduce your stress levels.Physical exchanges of affection, including kissing, "buffer the individual against the physiological effects of stress."
  5. Reducing your stress could lower your cholesterol levels.If affectionate behavior reduces stress, "then it is logical to predict that it will also effect improvements on physiological parameters that are exacerbated by stress" such as cholesterol.
  6. Kissing can reduce your allergy symptoms.Allergic responses can be aggravated by stress (and kissing reduces stress). 
  7. Kissing might boost your immunity.When you kiss someone on the lips you exchange bacteria. This can either make you sick, or it can help boost your immunity by exposing you to new germs. 
  8. A kiss a day might keep the dentist away.Kissing stimulates your salivary glands to produce saliva, the fluid that moistens the mouth to make swallowing easier.
  9. Kissing might help you determine the compatibility of your mate.According to a 2013 study, kissing "might facilitate the subconscious appraisal of a potential mate by utilizing pheromonal cues to assess genetic…compatibility, general health, underlying genetic fitness or menstrual cycle phase and fertility."
  10. Kissing might improve your relationship satisfaction.Romantic kissing, as well as other forms of physical contact, can strengthen feelings of attachment to the person you're kissing. 

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