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National Kissing Day 2005

Published on July 5th 2005.

Time to pucker up and spread the love, for it’s National Kissing Day!

Kissing can vary from anything from a peck on the cheek to a complete tongue sandwich, so whichever you fancy doing, turn to your left and plant one on your work colleague to make them feel as though they’re not missing out today….despite how ugly they might be.

If you’re feeling stressed at work, then getting involved in National Kissing Day may be more beneficial to you than you realise – a normal kiss of a standard time involves boosting the level of ‘happy hormone’ oxytocin. Scientists at Birmingham’s Museum of Science and Discovery have worked out that the average person burns off 26 calories in a one minute smooch.

Dr George Foster, scientific adviser at the Centre, said: “Kissing can be good for you. Kissing can have all sorts of strange physiological and psychological effects. If your pulse rate goes up, your blood pressure may rise, the pupils in your eyes get bigger and you may breathe more deeply. The pleasure centres in your brain become more active as neurotransmitters are secreted and many of the effects are like those when you are excited or surprised and I guess a good kiss may be the reason for both.”

So the next time you snog a minger out in town and wake up and regret it, just think on the positive side that you might just be doing your body some favours! We’ll certainly be lobbying our Lindsay to include kissing sessions in the next Body Confidential….

Kissing facts:

  • The longest kiss in history was by an American couple and lasted 30 hours, 59 minutes and 27 seconds.
  • More than 34 facial muscles are involved in making a pout, so stretching is involved as well, and it certainly beats frowning.

Fancy winning a Romantic Meal for 2 at Tiger Tiger? Click here to fill out The Printworks’ kissing questionnaire to enter their competition!

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