Kiss here, there and everywhere
HUMANS kiss to show affection, to portray deep love, to comfort each other, to greet, to bid farewell, to show homage, and according to experts, it also helps relieve stress. And as such, you're encouraged to do it more often.
"Studies and our own experience have revealed that kissing -- whether it is just a friendly peck on the cheek, a symbol of worship, an indicator of deep affection or an expression of intense passion -- evokes a myriad of reactions psychologically, biologically and socially," family physician and author Dr Alverston Bailey explained. "It promotes feelings of bonding and closeness between humans."
The author of Sexplanations: A guide to discussing sex and sexuality in the Caribbean, explained that
kissing releases a variety of pleasure hormones such as oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin. Also released, he explained, is adrenaline, which produces a feeling of euphoria.
In 2007 a panel of scientists in the US examined the mystery of what happens when hearts throb and lips lock.
Kissing, they found, unleashes chemicals that ease stress hormones in both sexes and encourage bonding in men, though not so much in women.
Chemicals in the saliva may be a way to assess a mate, Wendy Hill, dean of the faculty and a professor of neuroscience at Lafayette College told a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science then, and reported by the Associated Press.
In an experiment, Hill explained, pairs of heterosexual college students who kissed for 15 minutes while listening to music experienced significant changes in their levels of the chemicals oxytocin, which affects pair bonding, and cortisol, which is associated with stress. Their blood and saliva levels of the chemicals were compared before and after the kiss.
Both men and women had a decline in cortisol after smooching, an indication their stress levels declined.
In a test group that merely held hands, chemical changes were similar, but much less pronounced, she said.
"The type and intensity of the kiss is determined by the nature of the relationship between the giver and the recipient," Dr Bailey wrote.
He said the different kissing styles are:
* A peck /smooch: This is usually done on the cheek or forehead and is used to greet or comfort someone or to bid goodbye.
* Eskimo kiss: Done by touching the nose together.
* A butterfly kiss: The fluttering of the eyelids against your partner's.
* A dry kiss: The couple presses their lips firmly together as an expression of deep affection.
* Deep kiss/wet kiss/French kiss: A sensual interplay of the tongue and lips is often shared by intimate partners as a sign of strong passion and a prelude to sexual intercourse.
* Sensual kissing: Involves the use of the lips to titillate one's partner on various parts of the body to enhance arousal during foreplay.