10 secrets of the kiss

Kiss is not just a way to express the love of lovers but also contains many surprises, bringing health benefits to people.


Origin of the word

 "The kiss" comes from ancient English called "cyssan," no one knows where it came from, but many believe it describes the sound when kissing. Romans have a few words to name different types of kisses such as kissing the hand or cheek called “osculum”, kissing lips called “basium”, passionate kiss called “saviolum”.


10% of the world does not kiss

 Mangaia is the oldest island in the Pacific Ocean with about 18 million years of age. Residents of the island never heard the word "kiss" until they began to learn English in the early 1700's. About 90% of the world's cultures allow kissing, while another 10% do not do so for a variety of reasons. For example, some areas in Sudan refuse to kiss because they think the mouth is a window of the soul; they fear their souls are stolen when they touch their mouths with others.

Eskimos who live in the Arctic rub their noses instead of kissing their mouths. They believe that by doing so the mouth will not freeze due to extreme cold. Eskimos are only exposed by the eyes and the nose, which is the method of expressing their own feelings.


How does the kiss spread around the world?

The scientific uncertainty of kissing is an instinctive or experienced behavior. Many believe the kiss occurs when the mother chews the food in her mouth and passes it to her baby's mouth, similarly to the bird.

Kissing is a romantic gesture found in Sumerian poetry, one of the earliest civilizations in the world. Kiss is also depicted in ancient Egyptian love poetry. Historians suggest that the kissing behavior may have spread as Alexander the Great invaded India, where kissing has been common for centuries. The kiss described in the Vedas is "mouth contact". Alexander brought knowledge of the kiss to the Western world, since kissing was spreading around the world.

Kiss in animals

 Chimps and many other primates also participate in kissing behaviors similar to humans. Also, elephants are one of the smartest and emotional animals on earth. At such a difficult time as the death of a member of the herd, the elephants would rub their mouths against the other's mouth, as a gesture to comfort each other.


Kissing has many health benefits

Some studies indicate that kiss is really good for humans. Most bacteria in the human mouth are exactly the same, only 20% is different, each kiss will help strengthen the immune system for the body.

Kissing is good for the teeth, increasing saliva flow, cleaning plaque, reducing gingivitis as well as tooth decay, keeping teeth white and bright. Kiss helps to reduce blood pressure due to dilated blood vessels. Scientists say the benefits of kissing are far outweighed by the risks it brings.


Science of kiss

 The field of study of English kissing is called philematology, which usually focuses on the biological mechanism, the involved hormones, and the reasons people kiss. Most people tend to head right when kissing.

The kiss transmits the taste, the sound and the touch. All affect the individual's perception, making them want to kiss again. People have very sensitive lips, which have more nerves than most other parts of the body.

The kiss involved all 34 facial muscles. The most important part of the kissing process is Orbicularis, which helps the mouth and lips change shape when kissing. The researchers say that the average total time that people kissed during their life is about two weeks. Most people burn about 1,560 calories per hour of kissing, of course, depending on the different types of kissing.


Record of kiss

 According to the Guinness Book of Records, the longest recorded record of the couple is Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarat in Thailand. They locked their lips for 58 hours 35 minutes 58 seconds.


Chemical process occurs when kissing

The kiss liberates a chemical called dopamine, a powerful hormone that affects the same brain region as cocaine, which makes people feel good and refreshed. When kissing someone for a long time will release the hormone oxytocin, which creates the feeling of peace and relaxation.


It is prohibited to kiss in public

Currently in some countries, kissing and expressing affection in public is illegal. For example, in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico, this is considered pornographic and strictly punishable. In some countries there are also heavier penalties. In 2010, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a man was sentenced to four months in prison for hugging and kissing a woman in public.


Fear of kissing

Many people feel nervous when giving the first kiss to someone. However, with more experience, feelings of restlessness like the first kiss will fade over time. In particular, a small number of people suffer from a severe phobia known as philemaphobia. This can happen when someone is raped and sexually abused.

By: Mithrine Smith

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