Kissing originated in ancient India in the Vedic period around 1500 BC. Well. This does not surprise Indians. But there is more that could be surprising enough. The scriptures describe the kiss as sniffing with their mouths. Half a century later the Mahabharat records the affectionate mouth-to-mouth kiss. These are the findings of Vaughn Bryant, an anthropologist at Texas A&M University.
• 80% turn towards the right while kissing. Those who turn left are more flexible in expressing their love.
• Clinically a kiss involves two muscles. The French kiss or soul kiss involves all 34 facial muscles.
• Kissing increases the good chemicals of the body called Oxytocin and Endorphins. It increases the romance.
• More than 10 million to 1 billion bacteria are exchanged when kissing is done!
• A woman’s testosterone levels increase when she is kissed. It increases her libido.
• Lips have 100x the nerve ending to fingertips. Humans are also the only animal to have lips with distinct coloured border.
• Over time, kissing lowers your levels of stress hormone cortisol, making you feel all safe and secure.
• How did smooching reach rest of the world? It was Alexandra and his great army that came down and carried the tradition back to their homeland.
A ten-year psychology study undertaken in Germany during the 1980s found that men who kissed their wives before leaving for work lived, on average, five years longer, earning 20 to 30 percent more than peers who left without a peck good-bye. The researchers also reported that not kissing one’s wife before leaving in the morning increased the possibility of a car accident by 50 percent