8 Scientific Reasons Why Kissing Is Essential

  We don't need a scientific study to tell us that kissing is yummy, but it's nice to know the many, many reasons why we should pucker up more. Kissing is not just a surefire way to initiating sexual intimacy, but doing it right can also play a big part in determining whether a relationship will thrive. Not only that, but kissing has some health benefits, too. In addition to being happier, people who kiss more often and with more passion tend to live longer.

Want a happier, healthier life and more fulfilling relationships? Drop whatever you're doing and go lock lips with a cutie ASAP.

1. Good kissers are better partners

Couples that are really good at making out tend to have healthier relationships, according to Sheril Kirshenbaum's The Science of Kissing.

2. Kissing makes you chemically happy

Making out releases endorphins and oxytocin in the brain to get you feeling happy and positive and less stressed.

3. Your lips are actually more sensitive than your dick

A big part of the reason why kissing feels so goddamn good is because our lips are super-sensitive, according to Krista A. Bloom. You have a ton of nerve endings in your lips: approximately 10,000. By comparison, the clitoris has 8,000.

4. Kissing can help you live longer

variety of studies show that couples that kiss regularly tend to live longer. Even a goodbye kiss before work has huge benefits. So when in doubt, make out.

5. Real men kiss with open mouths

Testosterone is actually "shared" when we French kiss. Swallowing a guy's man juice hormone during a hot open-mouth kiss increases our libido and makes us want to ride their disco stick, according to a study conducted at the University of Albany.

6. Kissing boosts your immune system

Another study found that swapping saliva actually helps out our immune system. So when you feel a cold coming on, forget the orange juice and just make out with as many people as possible.

7. Kissing can be a good workout

Hot, steamy kisses can burn up to five calories in a few seconds. So if you make out for 10 hours, you can skip the gym.

8. Passionate kisses are the ultimate turn ons

It's because they elevate your blood pressure and make your heart beat faster, according to Dr. Ava Cadell. Passionate kisses get the blood pumping through the body, which then helps in getting us feeling all hot and bothered.