A Comprehensive Guide to the Effects of Kissing

Kissing is a universal human action with many benefits. From a psychological perspective, kissing releases endorphins, lowers stress, and can make you feel better overall. From a biological perspective, kissing provides necessary sanitation and protection from disease. It also has social aspects, such as increased intimacy in relationships and bonding among groups.

Yet there are also more problematic uses of kissing, as exemplified by the popular phrase “don’t kis me.” This phrase can be used in an immediate context, or it could be used in an extended sense to mean something like “don’t treat me like a fool,” or “don’t be touchy-feely with me.” The reasons for this distaste are rooted in attitudes about closeness, sexuality, and bodily fluids. In Western culture, kissing is more intimate than touching. While we might casually touch others to emphasize a point or express casual affection, we don’t kiss them (usually) unless we have a stronger relationship with them. Humans are afraid of this kind of intimacy because it is too close and therefore too personal.
At the same time, some religions would consider bodily fluids of one person to be unclean, or at least offensive, to another person. For example, in Islam it is considered ritually unclean to come into contact with another human’s saliva. In Christianity and Hinduism, the idea of physical intimacy is complicated by the ideas of sin and purity–namely that the body is a sinful vessel that must be kept pure lest it succumb to temptation. Kissing is part of the act of bonding and developing a relationship, but kissing also carries with it many misconceptions about behavior and intimacy.

you kissed me just to kiss me
you kissed me just to kiss me

– The benefits of kissing

Psychological benefits from kissing include the release of endorphins, the lowering of stress, and an improvement in mood. Endorphins are hormones that block pain and create pleasure by interacting with opiate receptors in the brain. While the majority of people do not use the word “opiate,” humans do have receptors for opiates like heroin and morphine. This means that humans also have an internal system for feeling pleasure that is independent of external sources. [As for the word “endorphins,” I had to look it up as there is no article about this on Wikipedia; use in context]. Thus, kissing can be a pleasurable experience for both parties involved.

you kissed me just to kiss me
you kissed me just to kiss me

– The importance of good hygiene

While kissing might seem like a relatively intimate act, it is also an important part of maintaining health. Our mouths are filled with microscopic organisms that are specifically designed to live in our mouths and nowhere else. One reason why humans evolved as social animals is because we were able to share these organisms with one another in order to prevent opportunistic infections from developing. This means that hygiene is important as a biological necessity, as well as because it is expected of us socially.
That said, it is also important to remember that bacteria are not the only organisms that live on our skin. As a result, we cannot assume that anything we do in the name of hygiene is actually going to prevent infections or illness unless we also act as a barrier against them. For example, there is no real reason to wash our hands before dinner if we are not planning on eating with the same hands that were used to handle raw meat or food.

you kissed me just to kiss me
you kissed me just to kiss me

– Social aspects of kissing

In addition to being a biological necessity, kissing is also a social activity. Kissing demonstrates closeness and provides social bonding. For example, kissing between family members could mean “we are close and want to maintain the bond.” Kissing between friends could mean “we want to be friendly with one another.” Kisses are used in social situations to demonstrate intimacy, trust, and affection. Kisses could also be used in subtle ways to help a person feel more comfortable and confident. For example, a girl who is nervous because she is meeting her date’s parents might feel more at ease by kissing the mother. Kissing may also be used to break the ice and help people get to know one another better.
Kisses are used to show affection and love between intimate partners. A person may kiss their significant other as a way of expressing that they love them or want to be intimate with them. Kissing can also become a regular part of relationships, especially during times of intimacy. Sexual partners may kiss as part of foreplay.

you kissed me just to kiss me
you kissed me just to kiss me