It Makes You Feel Good
Did you know that one of the benefits of kissing is that gives you a “natural high”?
During a kiss, the brain creates a “chemical cocktail” composed of three hormones, namely oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine. What’s interesting is that these three hormones make you feel good by lighting up your pleasure centers.
Dopamine, for instance, activates the same areas in the brain that euphoric drugs such as heroin and cocaine activate. Oxytocin, the love hormone, gives you a feeling of affection. Finally, serotonin can help improve your mood.
The euphoric effect of kissing, according to experts, is one of the reasons why you can remember a good kiss even after years have passed.
It Helps Reduce Stress
We have already established that kissing can make you feel elated due to the chemical cocktail that the brain creates. However, it’s still worth noting that when you feel particularly stressed, a simple smooch could help.
In one study, the researchers divided 52 adults who were in a romantic relationship into 2 groups, experimental and control. They instructed the experimental group to “increase the frequency of their romantic kissing,” while the control group is asked to keep their status quo.
After 6 weeks, those in the experimental group reported improvement in perceived stress compared to those in the control group.
It Nurtures Your Relationship
It is no secret that one of the benefits of kissing is it nurtures the relationship. After all, kissing is a great way to show love and affection. So when you do it more often, there’s a chance that you will get closer to your partner.
In the same 6-week study we had discussed, the researchers discovered that those in the experimental group also reported improvement in their relationship satisfaction.
It Helps Improve Allergy Symptoms
And finally, one of the most surprising benefits of kissing is it can alleviate mild allergy symptoms.
The researchers in one study instructed 24 patients with mild allergic rhinitis and 24 patients with mild atopic eczema to freely kiss their lovers for 30 minutes while listening to soft music.
Before and immediately after kissing, they measured the participants’ allergen-specific immunoglobulin and cytokine. In the end, they discovered that kissing can decrease the production of allergen-specific IgE, which may improve allergy symptoms.