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What are the health benefits of kissing and hugging?

Kissing boosts your self-esteem by making you feel loved and connected. A German study even found that men who were kissed by their wives before leaving for work made more money.

Here are the eight benefits of kissing :

• Kissing helps reduce blood pressure
• Kissing zaps cramps and headaches
• Kissing fights cavities
• Kissing amps up your happy hormones
• Kissing burns calories
• Kissing boosts self-esteem
• Kissing can give you a facelift (kind of)
• Kissing is a barometer for sexual compatibility

It turns out hugging also has its own benefits. A research study at the University of North  Carolina has found that hugging can dramatically lower blood pressure and raise levels of oxytocin, one of the feel-good hormones stimulated by kissing that helps a person chill out, relax, breastfeed, and orgasm, although not all at the same time. The women in the study that
got more hugs from their husbands had much higher levels of oxytocin, and had systolic blood pressure that was 10 mm/Hg lower than women with low oxytocin levels. 

So think about that the next time you want a lift in your mood — or your health!


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