Why Do We Kiss?


Kissing is without a doubt, one of life’s most pleasurable experiences. Our first kiss might make us feel a little clumsy, in the beginning. Most of us felt nervous – unsure of how to tilt our heads or how to move our lips or tongues. But surprisingly, the awkwardness is usually short lived. Humans, it turns out, learn how to kiss almost at birth.

Your lips are one of the body’s most sensitive areas. They are even more sensitive than your genitals, which explains the feeling when a great kiss envelopes your entire body. Kissing also triggers chemical reactions in the brain, which explains why time seems to stop when we are kissing and it explains the sense of euphoria that encompasses a great kiss. It’s not surprising that kissing is believed to originate from the land of the Kama-Sutra; India.

If you’ve ever been told you’re shallow for rejecting potential mates based on their kiss, you can tell your critics to kiss off. You aren’t being judgmental – you’re being genetically selective. A kiss can tell a lot about whether someone is a suitable candidate for carrying on your DNA.

If there’s a best part of the amazing pastime called kissing, it’s that it can actually make you healthier and extend your life.

Despite the fact that kissing is as close to perfection as mankind can get, not all cultures kiss. It’s estimated that about 10% of cultures don’t kiss and the Inuit kiss of rubbing noses? That’s not a myth. Perhaps they know something we don’t.

To learn more about the science of kissing, watch this video, then go out and practice – often.