A KISS can make it all better – and now science has proved it.
We told yesterday how one orthodontist recommends snogging for four minutes a day to boost the production of saliva, which fights tooth decay.
GettyWe reveal the 10 surprising ways a good snog is good for you[/caption]
But if oral health doesn’t get your blood pumping, there are plenty of other benefits from puckering up.
From boosting your sex drive to improving your looks, KATY DOCHERTY reveals ten benefits of kissing – and looks at five movie smooches to get you in the mood.
MAKES YOU HAPPY
GettyKissing releases the love hormone oxytocin, making you feel all warm and fuzzy inside[/caption]
IF you find yourself smiling after a kiss, it might not just be your feelings towards your partner.
Kissing releases the love hormone oxytocin, making you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
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It also sends out feelgood hormone serotonin to perk you up a bit.
GettyDutch scientists found kissing helps prep your body for any bad bacteria[/caption]
A PASSIONATE embrace can ward off cold and flu.
It might not sound romantic, yet by swapping bacteria with your partner you are boosting your immune system.
Dutch scientists found it helps prep your body for any bad bacteria.
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KEEPS HEART HEALTHY
GettyFatty cholesterol levels are reduced by a bit of canoodling, Arizona University reported in 2009[/caption]
PEOPLE who kiss more are less likely to have strokes and heart attacks.
Fatty cholesterol levels are reduced by a bit of canoodling, Arizona University reported in 2009.
So next time your heart skips a beat, give your partner a smooch.
MAKES YOU RICHER
ShutterstockMen who kiss their wives before work are likely to be richer than those who don’t[/caption]
MEN who kiss their wives before work are likely to be richer than those who don’t.
They also live longer and have fewer car crashes than those who don’t pucker up, according to a study in the 1980s.
So remember – a happy wife, a happy and long life.
HELPS PICK A PARTNER
ShutterstockA 2013 report revealed daters were more likely to sack off a partner after a bad snog[/caption]
A FIRST kiss can make or break a relationship, according to one study.
A report in Archives of Sexual Behaviour in 2013 revealed daters were more likely to sack off a partner after a bad snog.
The study found 66 per cent of women would call it a day compared to 59 per cent of men.
KEEPS LOOKS YOUTHFUL
ShutterstockDuring kissing you can flex up to 34 facial muscles, keeping your skin tight[/caption]
KISSING can give your face a great workout.
During a smooching sesh you can flex up to 34 facial muscles, keeping your skin tight.
Working these muscles can help collagen production too, which keeps skin plump.
ShutterstockYou can burn between two to 26 calories a minute depending on how passionately you are making out[/caption]
IT might not be the gym but snogging is better than no exercise.
You can burn between two to 26 calories a minute depending on how passionately you are making out.
A slow jog burns roughly nine calories a minute, so it’s a fair workout.
ShutterstockAs you kiss, your blood vessels will dilate, increasing blood flow which relieves headaches[/caption]
AS you kiss, your blood vessels will dilate, increasing blood flow which relieves headaches.
A peck also reduces stress hormone cortisol, which can cause migraines.
So no more using a headache as an excuse.
ShutterstockKissing can relieve watery eyes and itchy noses caused by hay fever[/caption]
SNOGGING can relieve watery eyes and itchy noses caused by hay fever.
A Japanese study found couples who kissed for 30 minutes benefited from an antihistamine-like effect.
Their levels of immunoglobulin E, which triggers symptoms of hay fever, were lower.
BOOSTS YOUR SEX LIFE
ShutterstockThe longer you snog, the more you get in the mood for sex[/caption]
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Biological anthropologist Helen Rutger believes men prefer French kissing to transfer more of the sex hormone to their partner.
And the longer you snog, the more you get in the mood.
Five lip smackin’ movie moments
The 2002 version of SPIDER-MAN features Tobey Maguire’s famous upside-down kiss with Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane AlamyIn weepie The Notebook, Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams share a smooch in the rain[/caption] News Group Newspapers LtdWho can forget Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar practising kissing in the park in Cruel Intentions?[/caption] ParamountWomen melted when Richard Gere swept Debra Winger off her feet in An Officer and a Gentleman[/caption] AlamyThe pooch and spaniel in Disney classic Lady and the Tramp steal a kiss while sharing a dish of spaghetti[/caption]