International Kissing Day

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2021 DateJuly 6, 2021
2022 DateJuly 6, 2022
International Kissing Day

International Kissing Day History

International Kissing Day seeks to appreciate the physical act of kissing. The act of kissing is known to release chemicals in your brain that promote pleasure and relaxation. These chemicals also reduce stress. They include oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin. This day aims to encourage everyone to re-discover the pleasures of kissing. It also aims to raise awareness about the different kinds of kissing, for example when meeting a friend.

International Kissing Day seems to have been started in the early 2000s in the United Kingdom. It is observed annually on June 6th.

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International Kissing Day Facts

  • According to healthline, kissing releases the chemical oxytocin in your brain which is linked to pair bonding. It stimulates feelings of affection and attachment when kissing. Oxytocin has also been shown to decrease anxiety and increase relaxation.
  • Human lips are 200 times more sensitive than fingertips according to womenshealthmag.
  • A 2013 study found that kissing may help in assessing the compatibility of a potential partner. According to healthline, a first kiss can make or break initial attraction.

International Kissing Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Kiss your partner! Kissing can increase the romantic bond between you and your partner, so plan a romantic evening and go for it.
  • Kiss your friends and family! Kissing typically carries the connotation of romance, however in some cultures kissing is a sign of friendship and kinship. A peck on the cheeks, or even the lips is used as a greeting and a sign of a greater bond.
  • Invite friends over and play the classic game spin the bottle. Those feeling bold may get that lucky chance they have been waiting for.

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