Relationships

Doing this every day will kick your stress to the curb

By Sangeeta Kocharekar July 18, 2017
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It combats anxiety too.

Everyone enjoys a loving kiss from a partner, but when you hear this, you'll appreciate one even more. Turns out, kissing has more benefits than just making you feel close to your significant other.

According to eHarmony relationship expert and counsellor Desiree Spierings, kissing releases feel good hormones, by increasing endorphins it can improve our mood and can lower anxiety.

"In addition to leaving us feeling as though we're walking on clouds, kissing promotes connection and relaxation, improves perceived relationship satisfaction and self-esteem, reduces stress and anxiety and boosts the immune system."

Physically, Desiree said research report lowered cholesterol levels on study participants who were asked to kiss more frequently than usual over a period of time. 

Interesting to note – the kissing doesn't necessarily need to be the passionate kind. A good hug is another way to get oxytocin, also known as the 'cuddling hormone', flowing in your body and to boost happiness levels.

"Oxytocin calms your nervous system and boosts positive emotions. It can lower blood pressure, lower cortisol, it can increase social connections and a sense of belonging."

You know what you need to do.

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