Kissing is also a prominent part of our culture. Kisses resurrect princesses in fairy tales, offer greetings and make movies romantic.
Lips serve many purposes, eating and communicating. Kissing has its own purpose. They send physical sensations, sexual excitement, feelings of closeness, motivation, and even euphoria across the body via a series of brain impulses and hormones. Kissing represents two bodies becoming one.
Studies of kissing show there’s a lot more going on than just locking lips. There may be an evolutionary component involving pheromones which communicate information at a primal level. Kissing would be an efficient way to transfer pheromones if this is so.
Besides all that, the lips have the thinnest skin of any part of the human body, yet a very high concentration of sensory neurons. These neurons fire off during a kiss, triggering pleasant feelings, strong emotional and physical responses. Chemicals that regulate stress, motivation, social connection, and sexual excitement are all released when two people kiss.
There are many studies about kissing, but its purpose and origin remain elusive. Examination of kissing reveals many layers of complexity in this seemingly instinctual behavior. Meanwhile, couples continue to enjoy kissing for their own reasons!
Do you enjoy kissing your partner? What does kissing mean to you? If you read my previous post, you’ll note that lingering kisses are a hallmark of happy and enduring couples. It’s worth a shot isn’t it?