The Art of Kissing

KissingWe all like to be kissed and here are some interesting facts about the act of kissing.

Did you know that two thirds of people tip their head to the right when they kiss.

Or even that lips are 100 times more sensitive than the tips of the fingers.

Kissing at the end of a wedding ceremony can be traced back to ancient Roman tradition, where a kiss was used to seal a legal contract.

On 5th July 2005 a couple in London locked lips and remained that way for 31 hours 30 minutes and 30 seconds, making it the longest kiss ever recorded.

French kissing involves all 34 muscles in the face. A pucker kiss involves only two.

‘French Kiss’ entered the English language in the early 1920s as a slur on the French, who were considered overly obsessed with sex. In France, this form of kissing is called ‘soul kiss’ because, if done correctly, it feels as if two souls are merging.

The Romans categorised kissing in three ways – Osculum was a kiss on the cheek, Basium a kiss on the lips and Savolium a deep, passionate kiss.

There’s a reason men like sloppy kisses – an open mouth allows men to provide women with small amounts of libido-enhancing testosterone which is contained in their saliva.

To ‘kiss and make up’ has a biological function. The hormone oxytocin is released when we hug and kiss, and this helps to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol that courses through our veins during arguments.