Strange Things are Afoot at the Circle K.: That Mysterious First Kiss - Suite101.com

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

That Mysterious First Kiss - Suite101.com

That Mysterious First Kiss - Suite101.com

This is a pretty cool article, about kissing and the history of kissing. I find the first three paragraphs especially interesting.

A recent documentary on television on the subject of kissing pointed out that this physical act reduces stress, produces a peaceful feeling of being loved, and even boosts our immune systems. With all the benefits and pleasures of the act of kissing, does history reveal when humanity’s first kiss took place?

Years ago, scientists thought that when two lips met during kissing an electric current was generated. They now know that this is completely untrue. Scientific fact is that kissing signals our brains to produce oxytocin which is a hormone that causes a good feeling. One study stated that our brains are equipped to help us find our lover's lips in the dark.

German physicians and psychologists say that those who kiss their spouses each morning before leaving for work miss less work because of illness than those who do not. Those who kiss also have fewer auto accidents on the way to work, earn 20-30 percent more per month and live approximately five years longer.