It’s National Kissing Day! Even if you aren’t romantically involved with somebody, you can kiss your dog, kiss a friend, or kiss a family member. Pucker up to someone because a little smooching is good for you. This sweet day has been celebrated for over a decade (but we think it should have started centuries ago). While other creatures rub noses and beaks (like penguins) or lick one another (like cats and dogs) humans are the only ones who pucker their lips and truly give a kiss (although sometimes it looks like monkeys and baboons do). We figured out that kissing feels pretty great. Don’t you just get a warm feeling when you kiss a loved one? Whether it’s on the lips or cheek? There’s good reason behind that. Here are reasons kissing is good for you, on National Kissing Day.
It bonds us
When we kiss someone, our bodies produce the hormone oxytocin, which makes us feel more bonded to the person (or pet!) we’re smooching. It’s why it’s so important to give your kids and babies several kisses a day, too.
It gets everyone in the mood
When it comes to romantic kissing, everyone can agree that making out is a type of foreplay that works for everyone. While some other types of foreplay may only be beneficial for one party, everyone gets in the mood during a good smooch session.
It boosts immunity
A higher incidence of kissing means a higher incidence of sex and studies have found that having regular sex can increase one’s immunity and improve the chances of fighting certain illness.
It shows the world, “I’m his and he’s mine”
It’s a form of public displays of affection that shows the world, “This person is my person and I’m proud to be with him.” Showing off, publicly, your attachment to someone reinforces his ense of security in the relationship.
It’s briefly meditative
When you kiss, you not only close your eyes, but you’re so consumed by the sensations that, for a moment, you forget the rest of the world is around you—kind of like when you meditate.
It helps with allergy season
Research has found that making out for 30 minutes can help some people have a smaller reaction to seasonal allergens.
It may lower cholesterol
Kissing fights stress, and heightened stress levels lead to elevated cholesterol levels. So kissing regularly can lower cholesterol.
It reveals chemistry
The chemistry we feel in some kisses is our bodies saying we are biologically compatible aka would bring diverse enough DNA sets together to make the healthiest possible babies. In other words, if you feel a spark, you may make great babies together.
It makes you happy!
Kissing releases endorphins, and endorphins make you happy. If you’re having a bad day, you should grab your loved one for a smooch and you will instantly feel better.
It improves blood pressure
When you kiss someone you love, that act causes your blood vessels to dilate and when your vessels dilate, that gets blood flowing. Regular makeout sessions could improve your blood pressure.
It fights pain
Another side effect of the blood vessel dilation that happens when you kiss is that it relieves pain in your body. Steal some extra kisses when you have PMS cramps—it’s almost as good as Midol.
It calms you down
Kissing also produces serotonin, so it can calm you down. When you’re feeling anxious, grab your cutie for a few pecks and you may chase away the jitters.
It boosts self-esteem
Kissing boosts self-esteem! Who doesn’t feel more attractive and more loved after a good kiss? Make sure you get a smooch before an important meeting or any event at which you need to feel your best.
It makes you feel young
I don’t know about you but, when my boyfriend and I engage in a good old-fashioned necking session, I feel like a teenager again. And that never hurts.
It promotes a healthier mouth
Alright, alright—this one may be far-fetched but I know that I, personally, make a better attempt at flossing regularly since I kiss someone regularly. Nobody likes to kiss a gingivitis-ridden mouth.