I’ll never forget my first kiss with my partner. It may sound cheesy,
and there may have been enough tequila in my system to get a rhinoceros
drunk, but there were *fireworks*.
His lips were so soft, he applied the right amount of pressure, and
smelled so insanely good. I didn’t know he’d be my boyfriend at the
time, but I knew I wanted him to be. Up until that first kiss, I wasn’t
even sure that I liked him that much.
He was quiet and shy; I was loud and crazy.
The kiss changed everything for me. I went home and told my best
friend all about it. She even wrote about it in her journal and showed
me a few years later.
There is nothing quite like a really good first kiss. You can feel it
right through your whole body. There is a jolt of hormones, chemicals,
and biological factors that go into making a fabulous kiss.
It’s not all s*xual chemistry, horniness (and tequila — just me?).
“Kissing is an instinct which aims at releasing chemicals in order to
experience pleasant feelings.
” Takeesha Roland-Jenkins, a professional consultant for the Between
Us Clinic, tells Bustle, “Furthermore, the lips have nerve endings that
become stimulated upon kissing, leading to the activation of additional
senses such as smell.
” Kissing is a wild, well-timed science experiment.
Here are seven incredible things that happen to your body when you kiss someone for the first time.
1. Your Stress Levels Decrease
If you’re feeling tightly wound, try opting for a makeout session
instead of a glass of wine. Kissing regularly can help to lower your
According to a study cited on NBC, college students who participated
in 15-minute makeout sessions had drastically decreased cortisol levels,
the body’s stress hormone. Male participants saw increases in oxytocin,
the brain’s feel-good chemical — while females actually saw a decrease.
The study also found that those who participated in the kissing felt
stronger pair bonds to their partners. Pair bonding is what makes you
feel close to the one you love.
2. Your Cholesterol Improves
As if you needed another reason to make out, kissing can actually
improve your overall health, particularly your blood lipid levels.
In a study in the 2009 edition of the Western Journal of
Communication, researchers found that romantic kissing can actually
decrease serum cholesterol and increase overall relationship
satisfaction for couples. What is in a kiss? A lot actually.
3. Your Saliva Is Designed To Help You Assess Potential Mates
Slobbery kisses are not just pre-intimacy. Apparently your body is
actually trying to figure out if it wants to make babies with the person
you’re making on.
Researchers at Oxford University have found that kissing is actually designed to help you assess a potential mate.
They were curious to know why kissing is such a widespread practice
and the purpose it serves. It turns out, the chemical makeup of saliva
helps your body decide if the person you’re kissing would produce strong
Another theory from Rutgers University suggests that there is
testosterone present in a man’s saliva, making it possible for a woman
to access his strength as a potential mate on a molecular level.
4. Adrenaline Is Unleashed
When we kiss, our bodies jump into overdrive, release a burst of
adrenaline. Your heart rate increases, and blood flow is positively
impacted. This helps to increase your energy levels, giving you a boost
of positive vibes.
After an intense kiss, you’re revved up and ready to go (hopefully to the main event — the s*x).
5. All Your Brain’s Happy Chemicals Are Released
Not only is your body flooded with the feel-good chemical, oxytocin
during a kiss, but your body is subject to a host of other happy
In an interview with The Expondent, Justin Lehmiller, a Harvard
professor of psychology said that when we kiss, our brains are flooded
with dopamine. This is the same chemical that is released when we engage
in other highly pleasurable activities such as s*x or listening to our
6. Your Pupils Dilate
According to Marie Claire, one of the reasons we close our eyes when
we kiss is because our pupils naturally dilate, making us susceptible to
This occurs because our pupils widen when we feel intense s*xual attraction.
If you’re kissing someone you are heavily digging, and want to know if they’re feeling the same, the eyes don’t lie.
7. Your Body Is Rife With Pheromones
When you kiss someone you really like for the first time, your body
releases pheromones. These are the natural chemicals that attract us to
one another. When you’re flushing in pheromones, you’re going to seem
extra s*xy to those around you. You are literally glowing.
According to Live science, “The skin around people’s’ noses and
mouths is rich in sebum, an oily substance that coats our skin. Evidence
suggests that sebum contains pheromones, chemicals that broadcast
information about a person’s biological makeup.” These pheromones
increase our attraction and help to further access if the one we’re
kissing would make a strong mate.
Kissing is a pretty amazing thing. Your body is your trusty guide to
finding love and a strong partner. Long story short: If you kiss someone
and are not feeling their energy, scent or smell, it could be your
body’s way of telling you to back off and find someone else. Now, go
find someone hot to kiss.