On July 6th, the International Kissing Day or World Kiss Day is celebrated. The idea of the celebration was born in England in the early nineties.
It is a celebration that honors the gesture of sharing by definition, perhaps even less commercialized than Valentine's Day.
From formal social relations to the pure act of sharing and exchanging, with all that lies behind pressing one's lips against someone else's or against one's skin.
Let's see together what is celebrated and how this action is also a harbinger of well-being, as well as being a surprising exercise to lose weight and find good humor.
6 July: World Kiss Day
But what exactly is celebrated on July 6, how do you honor an act? Well, practicing it . 6 July is the world day of the kiss which is an expression of closeness and intimacy, affection and desire to share .
The cultural connotations linked to the kiss are many and vary with respect to geolocation. A kiss can express a form of attraction, respect, friendship, passion or can be a wish for good luck.
For example, have you ever reflected on the word "kiss", on its etymological derivation? The root is very uncertain but referable to the Latin basium = kiss which some date back to the Greek βαζω (bazo) = I speak or to βασκαίνω (baskaino) = to murmur.
Others trace the etymology of kissing to ancient Sanskrit ba-bhas-ti = chewing and bhes- = rubbing, rubbing.
In English the celebration takes the name of International Kissing Day or World Kiss Day and about the linguistic root we find "kiss" which derives from the old etymology cyssan or "to touch with the lips", touching with the lips.
In fact, with this day we are going to celebrate a primitive act : the prehistorics fed their young with their mouth and pre-chewed their food, in a single gesture of care and protection, up to the autonomy of chewing.
On this day we can take the opportunity to rethink the important kisses of our life, the value we give to this gesture .
Also this year social media will be flooded with images, as in previous years, where from Klimt to other great painters space has been given to the art of kissing.
The benefits of the kiss: because kissing is good
The first positive consequence of the kiss is relative to the levels of cortisol, the stress hormone: kissing them considerably lowers, especially if done regularly with the person you love. The kiss also raises the levels of oxytocin, the hormone of well-being and sociality.
Not to mention what the saliva contains: 60 million bacteria, viruses and fungi that activate and strengthen the immune system and an antibacterial substance, and large amounts of immunoglobulin A, antibodies that constitute the first line of immunological defense of our body.
It also benefits the heart that activates and pumps more and better. The cardiac tissue tones up and the so-called "beating heart" allows you to stay in shape.
Kissing is also good for physical fitness: in terms of caloric expenditure, about 6 calories are burned in a minute spent kissing. It also benefits the skin of the face that is sprayed with blood and gains in shine. Finally, when you kiss you don't talk and considering that we are born with a mouth and two ears the kiss is a great training to prepare for pure listening.