Without a doubt, kissing makes us feel good, right? That’s because kissing relieves stress and unleashes epinephrine into the blood. Also, it reduces LDL cholesterol.

Some advantages of kissing are boosting the immune system and passing certain hormones such as testosterone. Who would have thought? As Andréa Demirjian, author of, Kissing: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about One of Life’s Sweetest Pleasure, “A kiss a day really can keep the doctor away.” Below are some health benefits of kissing:

1. Kissing can help reduce blood pressure

If you’re afraid of developing high blood pressure as you age, then do something to reduce the risk. Kissing is a great way. Experts have proven the power of kissing when it comes to lowering the body’s blood pressure. This happens, as researchers say, because kissing helps dilate blood vessels, cranking up our heart in a healthy way, resulting to a consistent blood flow. Obviously, when blood flow is good, all our vital organs work in good condition.

2. Kissing alleviates cramps and headaches

Besides reducing risk of blood pressure, kissing can also relieve headaches and menstrual cramps, which is another effect of blood-vessel-dilation. Yes, no need to spend money for medications if you want to alleviate your headaches or cramps. All you need is kiss your partner. It makes you feel good, right?

3. Kissing can crank up our happy hormones

Feeling stressed? Feeling sad? Whatever happens, you need not to worry. kissing (or even lovemaking) is proven to lift moods. As they say, it’s the elixir we need to make us feel better. And that is definitely not a myth. Science explains it well: When we kiss, feel-good chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin are released.

4. Kissing can burn calories

Burn calories? Though it would be unfair to compare kiss from a vigorous workout session, but as science says, a vigorous kiss may burn 8-16 calories. Not bad for a kiss, does it? So if I were you, I’ll kiss my spouse every day to stay in shape.

5. Kissing can help fight cavities

Every time we kiss, our mouth produces more saliva than it usually does. The increased production has proven to help wash away plaque on our pearly whites, which when not prevented, can lead to cavities. But be careful as well. Some cavity-causing bacteria can also be transmitted. So make sure you have a clean mouth before lovemaking (and tell your partner, too).

6. Kissing can skyrocket our self-esteem

Did you know that there is a study where they found out that those men who received a passionate kiss before going to work earned more money compared to those who didn’t receive a kiss? Yes, very interesting. According to researchers, kissing makes them feel happy, boosting their self-esteem. As a result, they became more productive at work. So don’t forget to kiss your spouse before they go to work.

7. Kissing can help determine your partner’s compatibility

As they say, “It all starts with a kiss.” Women are particular when it comes to choosing a long-term partner. Survey reveals that most women are more attracted to men who are good kisser for them. If they aren’t emotionally stirred through kissing, they prefer not getting emotionally attached with the said kisser.

8. Kissing can help tone facial muscles

A great face muscle workout, science confirms that passionate kissing can help shape up neck and jawline. That’s probably one of the reasons why some people still look younger despite their age. Who knows?

Top 8 Health Benefits of Kissing You never knew