Kissing can do all sorts of things to your body. Your blood pressure rises, your breath accelerates, your heart beat goes faster, it lowers stress, burns calories and your brain emits endorphins. But why do we kiss?

The Roman poet Lucretius saw it as an attempt to literally merge.

Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung had a more basic explanation. According to him kissing originated for the purpose of transferring food, just as with birds.

Sigmund Freud based kissing on sex and a mother-oriented obsession. According to him it was an egocentric tendency to return to the mother’s lap.

Albert Einstein was quoted as saying “Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.” Interestingly enough Einstein never had a car and didn’t know how to drive.

Mae West said about kissing “A man’s kiss is his signature.”

A Chines proverb quotes “Kissing is like drinking salted water. You drink, and your thirst increases.”

Getting to know and experience someone we like is rarely matched when it comes to how great it makes us feel. Anticipation, excitement, butterflies, and pure happiness are some of the emotions we experience at the very beginning of a relationship, and everything seems to appear brighter and take on more meaning.
Of course physical chemistry can play a very big part in enhancing and amplifying our emotions; touching, hugging and kissing for the first time can seem to send us to the moon. Kissing especially, even though 90% of the world does it, can tell us a lot about each other and is an extremely unique experience.

Fun Facts About Kissing

1. Kissing is healthy. Research shows that things like circulation, tooth decay, skin and headaches are all improved by the act of kissing. Kissing for one minute burns 26 calories.

2. What’s your number? The average female kisses 29 men before getting married.

3. The longest kiss. The world record for the longest kiss is 30 hours and 59 minutes!

4. It’s illegal. Kissing is still illegal in parts of the United States; in Hartford, Connecticut, it’s illegal for women to kiss their husbands on a Sunday.

5. So sensitive… Your lips are 100 times more sensitive than the tips of your fingers.

6. Live longer. Men who kiss their wives before leaving for work live on average five years longer.

7. It’s a workout. The average french kiss uses 29 muscles in the face.

8. Two out of three. Two out of three couples move their heads to the right when they kiss.

9. 336 hours. This is the amount of time the average person spends out of their life kissing.

10. Night vision. Our brains have neurons which help us locate each other’s lips in the dark.

Ragna Stamm'ler-Adamson