15 bizarre and wonderful things that happen every time you kiss

Pucker up and enjoy the many sweet sensations kissing has to offer.

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  • You probably know the undeniable rush and surge of energy that comes from one specific, memorable kiss, but do you know these 15 bizarre and wonderful things that happen every time you kiss?

  • 1. Lips are one of the most sensitive parts of your body

  • Scientific evidence proves lips are one of the most sensitive parts of your body due to the concentration of nerve and touch receptors unmatched by any other part of your body, except fingertips. Kissing tantalizes, excites and wakes up all of the receptors at once, providing you with a sense of excitement and butterflies.

  • 2. Let me guess, you tip your head to the right when you lean in for a kiss. Was I right?

  • According to scholars and researchers, approximately two thirds of the world tip their heads to the right when they lean in to kiss out of a tendency introduced in their mother's womb. Most babies in the fetal position are leaning into their right side of the body.

  • 3. Ever wondered what muscle is used when you pucker up?

  • Do you know what the name of the most vital and important muscle in kissing is called? It is known as the orbicularis oris.

  • 4. Scientists have a term for French kissing

  • Everytime you pucker up and tangle tongues, scientists refer to your lip action as cataglottism.

  • 5. Different types of kisses involve different types of muscles

  • When you pucker up and peck, you are only using two facial muscles. When you French kiss, you are involving all 34 facial muscles.

  • 6. Who said kissing isn't working out?

  • According to research, passionate kissing can burn up to 6.4 calories a minute.

  • 7. Kissing is time well spent

  • Research has shown that the average human being will spend two weeks time, 336 hours, kissing throughout their lifetime.

  • On average, most people burn approximately 1,560 calories for every hour they passionately kiss. Over a lifetime, a person will have burned nearly 30,240 calories just by puckering up.

  • 8. Looking for healthier teeth? Kiss

  • Kissing has been proven to increase the flow and production of saliva, which provides the teeth with a constant wash of restoring plaque.

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  • 9. Scared of germs? Don't be

  • An individual's mouth contains approximately 20 billion germs and a brief kiss exchanges approximately 10 million to 1 billion of those germs. The transfer of different bacteria has been proven to boost and strengthen your immune system as you are exposed to multiple types of germs. Go ahead and kiss away sickness!

  • 10. Kissing is healthier than shaking hands

  • According to a research study from 2014, a handshake is a larger culprit of spreading the common cold and flu than a brief kiss.

  • 11. Kissing lowers your blood pressure

  • According to Andréa Demirjian, author of "

  • ,"Kissing passionately gets your heartbeat revved in a healthy way that helps lower your blood pressure. It dilates your blood vessels — blood is flowing in a good, solid fashion and getting to all your vital organs."

  • 12. Kissing is a tool for investigation

  • The use of your lips not only excites the sensory motion of touch but also of taste, sound and smell as well. It is a tool that heightens and teases the sensual experience, providing a searing impression of the experience on your mind.

  • If the kiss was warm and satisfying, your memory will urge you to participate in the action again. If the kiss was poor, your mind will remember the negative aspects and struggle to believe it can be an enjoyable experience again.

  • 13. Kissing performance influences attractiveness

  • According to a S.U.N.Y. Albany survey, approximately 59 percent of men and 66 percent of women reported a loss of interest in a relationship due to a poor first kiss. Relationships have been scientifically proven to be built on an individual's reproductive compatibility, and a forgettable kiss can drastically effect the feeling of attractiveness within a couple.

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  • 14. Looking for a free facelift?

  • Passionately French kissing puts all 32 facial muscles to work, even the underlying and underused muscles. Toning all of your facial muscles can help you look younger, feel more confident and feel happier.

  • 15. Looking to find peace? Kiss

  • According to psychologist and clinical sexologist Joy Davidson, "It stops the buzz in your mind, it quells anxiety, and it heightens the experience of being present in the moment. It actually produces a lot of the physiological changes that meditation produces."

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Hannah Rose is a content writer for Deseret Digital Media. She loves to run, sing and dance in her spare time.

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