I know what your first question is.
Why is Don Morgan tackling the subject of kissing?
This would be something you'd expect from Lee Ann Taylor or Holly Dagger to write about, not me.
Well, for one thing, guys do this from time to time, correct?

I guess what really caused me to bring up the six health benefits of kissing (which you probably did not know), according to match.com, is the first one.

Benefit #1: Kissing can break down oral plaque and prevent cavities by stimulating the creation of saliva, which helps wash bacteria away from the tooth’s surface.

Wait, what?
While you're kissing that special person, oral plaque is breaking down and the saliva in both your mouths are washing away bacteria from the teeth?
Where is this saliva and bacteria going while you're kissing?
Do I have to paint a picture of that?
No, I do not.
Just grosses me out.
Am I wrong?

Benefits two through six are interesting, and would be a great come on/one liner to use on a first encounter.

I can that see that scenario now:
"Hi there! Hey, if you kiss me now, it will help you keep a younger-looking face, and melt away your stress!"
Or maybe "Are you in pain? Let me kiss that hurt away...pucker up Baby!"
Good luck with all that.

Still, the number one benefit has turned me off to kissing.
But, that's my cross to bear, I guess.

Here are the other five benefits.

  • Benefit #2: Kissing helps you keep a younger-looking face because you use over 30 facial muscles while kissing, which helps to keep muscles smooth and tight and prevents your cheeks from sagging.
  • Benefit #3: Kissing boosts your metabolism, which can help burn calories. During a really passionate kiss, you can burn anywhere from two to five calories per minute, which is double your normal resting rate.
  • Benefit #4: Your immune system gets a healthy boost, since being exposed to someone else’s germs causes your body to create antibodies against those germs, which can in turn lead to immunity and prevent illness.
  • Benefit #5: Kissing improves our mood by releasing the antidepressant, oxytocin. A study of cohabiting and married couples showed that an increased frequency of kissing decreases stress and cholesterol levels.
  • Benefit #6: Kissing provides a natural form of pain relief by releasing natural chemicals in the body called endorphins, which can be more powerful than morphine to relieve pain.