Science even tells us that kissing can actually be great for your health by increasing life satisfaction and reducing stress , which are two definite wins. A good rule of thumb is to do regular lip scrubs to keep chapped and peeling lips at bay — especially during the winter — and keep lip balm on hand. Worried about your breath? Once you have consent from your partner, you want to make sure your situation is both kiss-appropriate and going to be well-received. Not everyone is comfortable with a kiss on the lips in front of a family member, but a smooch on the cheek might be perfectly sweet.
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Humans pucker up for all kinds of reasons. We kiss for love, for luck, to say hello and goodbye. Pressing your lips against someone else and, in some cases, swapping saliva? There are many theories about how kissing originated and why we do it. Others believe kissing is instinctual and rooted in biology. Kissing causes a chemical reaction in your brain, including a burst of the hormone oxytocin.
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You might assume that sexy mouth-to-mouth action is a staple in the love lives of people around the world—but it's not. Seriously, that's it. Interestingly, the geographic location of the each culture didn't impact whether or not the people in that group got their smooch on. In fact, 45 percent of the North American cultures investigated didn't kiss at all. Is it getting hot in here, or is it just us?
It all comes down to our lingering evolutionary urge to sniff out a genetically compatible mate, although nowadays a person's genetics isn't the only thing that draws us to them otherwise Tinder and hook-ups wouldn't exist. Still, people love a good snog in almost every culture in the world, and those which don't get up close by sniffing or smelling instead, explains Dr Sarah Johns, an expert in human reproduction and evolutionary psychology at the University of Kent. That makes a couple more likely to produce a child better equipped to fight infectious disease, which was pretty important before modern medicine and the advent of vaccines and antibiotics.