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 good.
He was quiet and shy; I was loud and outgoing. But the kiss changed everything for me, which, as it turns out, is what they're meant to do. There's a lot happening in the body during a first kissand "it can definitely let you know you like a person," Dr. Josh Klapow, Ph. This is the chain reaction that occurs when your lips lock, which your body uses as a way to assess the other person, and figure out if you're a good "match.
While it might just seem like you're swapping spit, the act of kissing is one way the body subconsciously decides whether or not you'd want to make a baby with this person — or, at the very least, hook up. Researchers at Oxford University looked into it and found that the chemical makeup of saliva actually lets you know if the other person would produce strong offspring.
In other words, they found that kissing is deed to help you assess a potential mate.
It's also why a first kiss doesn't necessarily have to be "movie perfect" in order for it feel amazing. If you're kissing someone — and like their pheromoneswhich also has a lot to do with how they smell — you may be inspired to hop into bed.
When we kiss, our bodies jump into overdrive, and release a burst of adrenaline. It's why you might feel "weak in the knees.
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He points out, though, that since many first kisses are awkward — due to nerves and other factors — you might want to give it two or three more kisses, before you really know for sure. Not only is your body flooded with the feel-good chemical oxytocin during a kiss, but it is subject to a host of other happy chemicals, too. Also thanks to oxytocin, you might get that "warm and fuzzy" feeling, which contributes to the sense that you're falling in love. As you go in for a kiss, "oxytocin, aka the 'love hormone,' rushes through your veins," Dr. Tasha Seiter, Ph. Since a first kiss triggers your sympathetic nervous system, aka that fight-or-flight response, your pupils will dilate, too.
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Fun fact: this also might be one of the reasons we close our eyes when we kiss, because when our pupils are so open, it makes us susceptible to light sensitivity. Ever wonder why you get butterflies in your stomach during a first kiss? It has everything to do with that stress response.
It's the nervous system at work again, which in "biological fireworks," Seiter says, or the feeling of butterflies in your stomach. Ever notice how a good first kiss becomes a full-body experience? It's why there's a rush of energy when your partner touches your back, or why the wind in your hair is electrifying.
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A kiss essentially makes your entire body hyper-aware — to the point you remember it for years to come. Wlodarski, R. Marla Renee Stewart, M. Tasha Seiter, PhD, M. By Gigi Engle. Updated: Sep. Originally Published: June 12, You Decide If You Want To "Mate" While it might just seem like you're swapping spit, the act of kissing is one way the body subconsciously decides whether or not you'd want to make a baby with this person — or, at the very least, hook up. Adrenaline Is Unleashed When we kiss, our bodies jump into overdrive, and release a burst of adrenaline. It's why a first kiss is so exhilarating, and why it so often le to the desire to have sex.
Your Pupils Dilate Since a first kiss triggers your sympathetic nervous system, aka that fight-or-flight response, your pupils will dilate, too. You Get "Butterflies" Ever wonder why you get butterflies in your stomach during a first kiss? Studies: Wlodarski, R.