Kissing can definitely lead to emotional bonding, which is why men who seek shorter relationships are hesitant to stay in a woman’s bed after sex to cuddle.
#15 Hormones abound
Did you know that open-mouth kissing allows for the transfer of hormones from a man to a woman? Mucus membranes in the mouth are permeable to hormones like testosterone, which a man can introduce into a woman’s mouth through kissing. The testosterone then increases arousal in the woman, which leads to higher chances of sex!
#14 Make or break
Remember the scene in “27 Dresses” where Katherine Heigl’s character finally kisses her crush/boss and she says it just doesn’t feel right? That’s because kissing is the ultimate “mate assessment tool” that allows us to find a partner who we are genetically compatible with. That’s why first kisses can make or break a relationship. Biology can determine whether two people are compatible or not.
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#13 Burning up
Like most physical activity we encounter on a daily basis, kissing burns calories. A quick romantic kiss is said to help burn around 2 to 3 calories while a passionate kiss can burn 5 or more calories. That means the longer and more passionate the kiss, the more calories are burned.
#12 A healthy kiss
The taste and smell of a person’s mouth can signal health issues — both in general (to a doctor, for example) and to the partner. Women seek signs of a healthy partner that can provide security for them and their future children. Men, on the other hand, seek healthy women to become mothers and raise their offspring.
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#11 Let’s bond
Kissing can definitely lead to emotional bonding, which is why men who seek shorter relationships are hesitant to stay in a woman’s bed after sex to cuddle. Cuddling leads to kissing, which leads to intimacy — and that’s just not what some guys are looking for.
#10 Work your face
We can do squats for our booty, lift weights for Michelle Obama arms, and leg curls to develop a stronger stride — but when it comes to our faces, kissing is the ultimate workout to keep our facial muscles strong. Our cheeks are kept tight and supple when we engage around 30 different muscles in our faces when kissing.
#9 Exchanging fluids
Kissing obviously is also an exchange of saliva between two people. But did you know that the salts, minerals, and other substances in saliva that cause the smell of your breath to change can also regulate a woman’s receptivity to sexual activities?
#8 Pretty woman
Remember the scene in the 1990 film “Pretty Woman” when Vivian (played by Julia Roberts) tells her client Edward (played by Richard Gere) that the only thing she doesn’t do is kiss on the mouth? That wasn’t just a plot mechanism written into the script for the love story to work. Prostitutes are said to avoid kissing their clients to reduce the likelihood of bonding or emotional attachment.
#7 Women and kissing
Kissing reveals a lot about the kisser and his or her compatibility with the other person. Women use kissing to evaluate a man’s potential in a short-term relationship through the intensity and frequency of the kissing. While women are on the lookout for short-term relationship clues, they are also seeking signs of whether there is potential for the relationship to grow.
#6 Men and kissing
While women use kissing to evaluate a partner’s potential for a relationship, men use kissing for a simpler purpose. Men are likely to use kissing as a means to increase the likelihood of sex. Nonetheless, that’s not to say that all kisses from a man are sex-oriented.
#5 Before or after
Women have a reputation of being cuddle-friendly after sex, so it’s no surprise that women are more likely than men to initiate kissing after sex. However, men are actually more likely to initiate kissing before sex!
#4 Fights and kisses
We’ve all seen Hollywood movies depict a man and a woman rushing together for a long and passionate kiss after an intensely emotional fight. In real life, men are more likely to use kissing as an attempt to end a fight.
#3 Kiss for immunity
Kissing has long been recognized as a good way for our bodies to pass along bugs that help build immunity. Once you’ve contracted a bug, your body then learns to strengthen itself despite showing symptoms of a cold or flu. Kissing merely helps expedite our immune system-boosting processes.
#2 Kiss of a lifetime
Whether it’s a quick peck on the cheek before heading out the door in the morning or a long passionate kiss that marks the completion of a marvelous date, kissing is a commonplace activity. The average person spends approximately 20,160 minutes of his/her life kissing!
#1 Rest and relaxation
Did you know that kissing creates feel-good chemicals in our bodies that help us feel relaxed? Research shows that kissing increases levels of oxytocin in our bodies, which is a natural calming chemical, and increases endorphins. Dopamine levels can also increase, leading to happy feelings of romantic attachment.
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