6 reasons kissing is good for your health

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The History of Kissing

For many people, kissing can be the start of something new or the complete opposite. It can tell you a lot about a person, who you are, and how you are together. It can tell you about your future, and if it's going to include the other kisser or not.

We can all agree on the emotional and mental benefits of kissing. A spark, a fun time, a great end to an even better date.

But what about the physical perks? It's been found that kissing has a slew of health benefits -- the list is enough for you to forget about mono anytime soon.

1. It fights cavities

Break out those pearly whites, because kissing is known to rid your mouth of bacteria and plaque. Your dentist would be proud.

2. It makes you look younger

It's a muscle workout. If you're one of those who duck-faces in every selfie, you don't even have to kiss to know this. Making out is a natural facelift because of all the muscle tightening.

3.It reduces blood pressure by getting your heart going.

Your blood vessels dilate - maybe that's why you feel your heart pounding before you go in for a big smooch.

4. It can get rid of headaches or cramps for the same reason.

5. Burning calories

If the kiss is really passionate, it can burn 2 calories a minute....better than the treadmill any day.

6. Kissing as meditation

As in, namaste. It's a natural stress reliever. It helps you connect with the other person, which yields to your wellbeing and relationships.

Furthermore, aside from a plethora of other biological reasons, kissing is just plain ole fun. That's a reason in and of itself, right?

Pucker up!

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V-J Day Kiss in Times Square 1945 & recreations
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V-J Day Kiss in Times Square 1945 & recreations
In this photo provided by the U.S. navy, a sailor and a nurse kiss passionately in Manhattan's Times Square, as New York City celebrates the end of World War II, on August 14, 1945. The celebration followed the official announcement that Japan had accepted the terms of Potsdam and surrendered. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy)
German-American photographer and photojournalist Alfred Eisenstaedt poses at the opening on May 5, 1986 of an exhibition of his famous pictures taken for "Life" magazine at the Kultur Kontor der Hamburger Hanse Vier, in Hamburg, Germany, with one of his best know photographs taken during the celebrations of V-J Day in Times Square, New York on August 1945. (AP Photo/Jockel Finck)
Carl Muscarello and Edith Shain recreate their original pose from the famous 1945 Life Magazine photograph by Alfred Eisenstadt, in New York's Times Square Sunday, August 13, 1995. Times Square, billed as the Crossroads of the World, will again be the site as the city throws a block party to commemorate VJ-Day, 50 years ago. Times Square is where the moving headlines broadcast the words "Japan Surrenders," "War Ends" and "Peace" on Aug. 14, 1945. The messages touched off an impromptu celebration that had people kissing and hugging and dancing in the streets. (AP Photo/Frank Ross) <%% 0 PICTURE_OK HEADER_OK 0 2 %%>
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 14: Army National Guard Capt. Ben Summers and girlfriend Elizabeth Booher kiss as they join dozens of couples in Times Square for a group kiss on the anniversary of the end of World War 2. Summers, an Afghanistan War veteran, also proposed to his lady friend as the couples mimicked the famous shot, captured by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, of a sailor kissing a nurse on Broadway on V-J Day, 62 years ago. (Photo by Michael Appleton/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA – September 7, 2008 : Per and Dorene Piencka, (CQ) of Norwalk, CT, make a kissing pose for their scrapbook next to J. Seward Johnson's sculpture 'Unconditional Surrender' next to the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier at the San Diego Embarkadero. Unconditional Surrender, which is 25 feet high and weighs 6,000 pounds, is a three–dimensional interpretation of a photo taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt of a Sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square, New York City on Aug. 14, 1945, following the announcement of V–J Day. TheEmbarcadero is a popular scenic section of waterfront located next to the downtown area. It has sweeping views of San Diego Bay and many tourist attractions. (Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
A couple kisses beneath "Embracing Peace", a 25-foot-tall sculpture by Seward Johnson, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in New York's Times Square. The sculpture is inspired by Alfred Eisenstaedt's iconic photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square on V-J Day. Aug. 14, 1945, was the day fighting with Japan ended. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 14: Gredorieo Smith and Berity Rees (right), a couple on lunch break, join dozens of other couples in Times Square for a group kiss on the anniversary of the end of World War 2. The couples mimicked the famous shot, captured by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, of a sailor kissing a nurse on Broadway on V-J Day, 62 years ago. (Photo by Michael Appleton/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
Edith Shain, foreground right, the nurse in the famous photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt of a sailor kissing a nurse in New York's Times Square on V-J Day, tries to imitate the photo's embrace with Nick Mayo, foreground left, a member of the cast of the musical South Pacific as they pose with other South Pacific cast members at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York, Sunday Nov. 9, 2008. Shain, 90, is in New York to serve as the grand marshal of the 2008 New York City Veterans Day parade. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
People speak next to a famous photograph taken by Alfred Eisenstaedt of a sailor kissing a nurse in New York's Times Square on V-J Day, right, as they visit the exhibition of German-American "Life" magazine photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt at Moscow's Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, April 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
The June 17, 1996, issue of The New Yorker magazine, with a cover showing two male sailors locked in a passionate kiss in Times Square, went on sale Monday, June 10, 1996. The provocative sketch is a lampoon of the famous Life magazine photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt, who shot a euphoric World War II sailor kissing a nurse in the square on V-J Day. (AP Photo)
Imtiaz Zainule, right, of New York, looks up as he poses for a picture with Nicole Dhillon, of New York, under the sculpture "Unconditional Surrender," on Friday, May 21, 2010 in San Diego. The sculpture, by J. Seward Johnson, commemorates the iconic image by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square on Aug. 14, 1945, during the celebration to mark V-J Day, the end of World War II. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
NEW YORK - AUGUST 14: Carl Muscarello and Edith Shain, who claim to be the nurse and sailor in the famous photograph taken on V-J Day, kiss next to a sculpture based on the photograph in Times Square to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II August 14, 2005 in New York City. Alfred Eisenstaedt took the famous photograph in Times Square but did not note the names of the people in the picture. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
The statue entitled Unconditional Surrender stands tall in the parkway along the waterfront Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 in San Diego. The statue, which was modeled after a photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt taken in Times Square on V-J Day at the end of World War II, is schedule to be moved at the end of the month. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
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