Knowing these kissing facts can benefit you and your partner in any romantic relationship.

In a romantic relationship when people mention being intimate with each other, the first thing which comes to mind is sex. Kissing however can be one of the most intimate, sensual and just plain fun things you can do with your partner. On top of that, you can do it in more places without getting in trouble (Or can you? Read on for more information).

In addition to how great kissing is, it leads to so many things within your relationship. It starts with a single kiss and from there opens the floodgate of passion. Kissing is usually the first step of many for foreplay, and we all know the better the foreplay, the better the sex. So what else can kissing do for us?

Below we have compiled a list of 10 shocking kissing facts and how they benefit our relationships, our health and our overall wellbeing. Once you have read them, enjoy your kissing that much more know what the smooches are doing for you and your partner.

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10 Kissing Facts for Your Pleasure

  1. According to anthropologists, 90 percent of the population kiss. However, while the action may look the same around the world, based on cultures kissing takes on different meanings. Similar to languages spoken kissing varies based on customs.
  2. While many people take kissing for granted, you need to be careful where you kiss. Depending on where you are in the world, kissing in public is illegal. Don’t think this is just in remote locations, as there are many towns in Italy as well as right here in the United States that have laws against public lip lock.
  3. When looking at kissing from a scientific point of view, kissing generally uses one muscle, called the orbicularis oris. It is responsible for puckering your lips when you kiss. The science of kissing itself is called philematology.
  4. There is a physical health benefit to kissing. While kissing isn’t a replacement for the gym, kissing for one-minute burns 26 calories. So enjoy that chocolate cake, and make up for it later with an extended make-out session with your partner.
  5. The world record for the longest kiss goes to Americans Rich Langley and Louisa Almedovar for a session that lasted 30 hours and 59 minutes. No word on if they got food and bathroom breaks.
  6. On average, two-thirds of people tip their heads to the right when they pucker up. How many of you just pretended to kiss to see which way you tip your head?
  7. Some believe that this tendency for which way we tip our heads when we kiss starts in the womb before we’re born. Or maybe you are just getting over the trauma that was your first kiss (you know, when you collided your nose into theirs and ended up kissing their ear instead of their mouth.).
  8. Kissing can increase your life expectancy.
  9. Sure, “sucking face” has been blamed for the rise of Mononucleosis, the spread of cold sores, and the general transmission of other unsavoury diseases.
  10. 10. A study has shown that men live up to five years longer if they kiss their wives before going to work. So gentlemen, pucker up — for health’s sake.

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