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What a Kiss Says About You

We’d all agree that kissing is incredible; but when you consider what a kiss says about you, you’ll realize it’s about much more than feeling great.


There is an explanation as to why kisses feel so right with the right person, and it’s a chemical explanation.

Kissing relays information in a series of chemical exchanges. When one person’s lips touch another person’s, the hormone oxytocin is released. Oxytocin gives us a feeling of being bonded to the person we are kissing. A sense of trust is associated with a rise in oxytocin while a feeling of relaxation corresponds with a simultaneous decrease in cortisol.

So, in essence, any kiss, if you’re doing it right, should endear you to the person you’re kissing; but that’s not quite enough, is it? We acknowledge that most kisses feel good but that there is something different about great kisses. That rush of elated emotion and physical euphoria is more intense when it’s with the right person.

That’s because every person has a specific brand of pheromones that attracts them to certain people. When two people kiss, their pheromones are exchanged in the saliva, and the pheromones communicate information regarding genetics and inherited immunity. We are all genetically driven to desire a mate that has different inherited immunity genes so our offspring have the best chance of survival. In this way, we are programmed to seek biological success.

Basically, if you kiss someone and it just feels right, it’s not a coincidence. It’s Mother Nature telling you that he or she is a good candidate to mate with.

That’s what a kiss says about you … Yeah, it’s that important, and Nicole Jardim explains it in detail in her article for Yoganonymous.

To learn more about the chemistry of kissing, click here.

[image: via Pedro Ribeiro Simoes on flickr]

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