Vivian: "What do you want?"
Edward: "What do you do?"
Vivian: "Everything. But I don't kiss on the mouth."
Aaaagh, but kissing. Now that’s a different story. Kissing is emotive, its seductive, its promising its . . . hang on a minute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . one more sec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Okay, I’m back. Just had to go get a kiss from my hubby. Seriously! I love kissing, it makes me feel connected and close. In the same way, I don't like it when friends or family try to kiss me on the lips. It feels wrong to me. Like it should only be reserved for the most intimate of couplings. Not that my immediate family do that, but I have had to strain my neck to ‘turn the other cheek’ and dodge some inappropriate Kamikaze kisses! Ugh. It's a topic that was even covered in a Modern Family episode.
So, lets look at some interesting facts about kissing:
- Kissing triggers the release of love hormones from the brain such as endorphins and oxytocin.
- Oxytocin is associated with emotional and social bonding. Known as the ‘cuddle hormone’ aaaaaagh, its a bonding chemical that creates feelings of caring (which explains why Pretty Woman would avoid it whilst on the job). Its like human super glue! Which is why it is released when a Mum Breast feeds her baby.
- Kissing triggers a drop in cortisol, the stress hormone.
- Studies have shown that the longer a couple have been in a relationship, the bigger the drop in cortisol.
- Research shows that men like wetter and sloppier kisses. Why?
- Scientifically speaking, it is thought that he is unconsciously trying to transfer testosterone to the woman, to trigger her sex drive. Hmmmn, no comment!
- Kisses can be deal breakers. A 2007 study at Albany University revealed that 66% of women and 59% of men reported being romantically interested in a person, until the first kiss. It would seem that the first kiss was the kiss of death to those budding romances feelings
- Here’s one for the ladies . . . when kissing, the calorie burn rate shoots up to 6 a minute instead of just 1 a minute when watching TV or reading. Oh, well, in that case. Hang on again . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .That’s better, I feel much slimmer now! ☺
- Its not known how or why kissing originated, but here are some of the theories put forward: a. Good ol’ Freud speculated that it was a return to suckling a mother’s breast. Of course he did! b. Some anthropologists and animal behaviourists believe it has come from ‘sniffing’ each other in greeting. Although, depending on which animals they study, the ends that get sniffed can differ from species to species! And that’s just a disturbing thought. c. Others believe (and I’m one of them) that it originated in our caveman days when Mothers didn’t have food processors to make food mushy for their babies to easily swallow. So they would chew it and feed them, mouth to mouth,kind of like birds! Makes sense. Then as the need dropped away, it was kept on as a symbol of their bond, love and caring.
- The average person will spend an estimated 20, 160 minutes kissing in his or her lifetime. That’s 336 hours or 14 days!
- You use only two muscles on your face when you give a peck kiss but you use all of your facial muscles and burn more calories during a passionate kiss.
- Our brains have special neurons that help us find each others lips in the dark .
- In Indiana, US, it is illegal for a man with a moustache to “habitually kiss human beings”. And, in Hartfort, US, it is illegal for a man to kiss his wife on a Sunday. Hah!