International Kissing Day: 20 Kissential Facts

Pucker up, buttercup, because it’s International Kissing Day on 6th July. We all love a kiss, don’t we?  It can be a sign of affection, passion, a hello or goodbye. Let’s face it, when someone leans over and plants a big kiss on us, don’t we just smile inside?  We somehow feel a glow – unless of course we don’t really like that person, in which case it’s another story…

Seeing as it’s the smoochiest day of the year, we thought it fitting to compile a collection of fascinating facts about canoodling to celebrate. Whether it’s a peck on the cheek for Mum, a kiss at the end of a text to your best bud or a passionate smooch to show your partner you care, a kiss –whatever the reason – should be cherished. Mwah!

  • The average person spends 336 hours (two weeks) of his or her life kissing. Ooh la la.
  • Men who kiss their wives every morning before going to work live five years longer than men who don’t. Pucker up, guys!
  • In a one-minute kiss, you burn 26 calories.
  • The first kiss seen on cinema screens was between May Irwin and John Rice in 1896. It caused a scandal at the time, but was also the most popular moving picture that year.
  • Kissing causes the release of oxytocin, a love hormone, in your body which is what is thought to keep the love in a relationship alive long after the initial honeymoon period (and dopamine spike) is finished.
  • Lips are 100 times more sensitive than the tips of fingers.
  • Common Chimpanzees kiss with open mouths, but not with their tongues. Bonobos, the most intelligent of primates, kiss with tongues! 
  • There are a total of 52 words listed in The Oxford English Dictionary meaning ‘a kiss’ or ‘kissing’.
  • After a while, kissing reduces your levels of stress hormone cortisol, making you feel all safe and secure.
  • The science of kissing is called ‘philematology’.
  • The muscle you use to pucker your lips is called the ‘orbicularis oris’.
  • When two people kiss, they exchange between 10 million and one billion bacteria. Yuck.
  • Kissing is good for the teeth. The expectancy of a kiss boosts the flow of saliva to the mouth, giving your pearly whites a plaque-dispersing bath.
  • Your lips have an uneven number of nerve endings in relation to other parts of your body.
  • Talk about a ‘kissathon’... The record for the world’s longest kiss was set by a Thai couple, Ekkachai and Laksana Tiranarat, who locked lips for a staggering 58hr 35min 58sec in 2013. They must’ve had a case of mouth ache. Ouch.
  • French kissing requires all 34 muscles in the face. A pucker kiss requires only two.
  • A first kiss usually happens at 16.
  • Smooching passionately for 90 seconds will raise blood pressure and trigger a racing pulse rate. It’ll also elevate the level of hormones in the blood, therefore reducing life by one minute.
  • Endorphins freed during kissing cause waves of ecstasy.
  • A real kiss accelerates your pulse to 100 beats in a minute.