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The 10 surprising reasons why a snog is good for you

A KISS can make everything better – and now science has proven it.

We shared yesterday how an orthodontist recommends kissing for four minutes a day to boost saliva production, which fights tooth decay.

We reveal the 10 surprising reasons why a good snog is good for you

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We reveal the 10 surprising reasons why a good snog is good for youPhoto credit: Getty

But if oral health isn’t getting your blood pumping, there are many other benefits of puckering.

From boosting your sex drive to improving your looks, KATY DOCHERTY shares ten benefits of kissing — and looks at five movie kisses to get you in the mood.

MAKES YOU HAPPY

Kissing releases the love hormone oxytocin, making you feel warm and comfortable inside

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Kissing releases the love hormone oxytocin, making you feel warm and comfortable insidePhoto credit: Getty

If you smile after a kiss, it might not just be your feelings for your partner.

Kissing releases the love hormone oxytocin, making you feel warm and comfortable inside.

It also sends out the feel-good hormone serotonin to give you a little lift.

PREVENTS COLD

Dutch scientists found that kissing prepares the body for harmful bacteria

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Dutch scientists found that kissing prepares the body for harmful bacteriaPhoto credit: Getty

A PASSIONATE hug can ward off cold and flu.

It may not sound romantic, but by sharing bacteria with your partner, you boost your immune system.

Dutch scientists found that it helps prepare your body for harmful bacteria.

KEEPS THE HEART HEALTHY

A little kissing lowers fat cholesterol levels, Arizona University reported in 2009

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A little kissing lowers fat cholesterol levels, Arizona University reported in 2009Photo credit: Getty

PEOPLE who kiss more often are less likely to have strokes and heart attacks.

A little kissing lowers fat cholesterol levels, Arizona University reported in 2009.

So the next time your heart skips a beat, give your partner a hickey.

MAKES YOU RICH

Men who kiss their wives before work are likely to be richer than those who don't

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Men who kiss their wives before work are likely to be richer than those who don’tPhoto credit: Shutterstock

MEN who kiss their wives before work are likely to be richer than those who don’t.

According to a study from the 1980s, they also live longer and have fewer car accidents than those who don’t spoil.

So remember – a happy wife, a happy and long life.

HELPS CHOOSE A PARTNER

A 2013 report revealed that partners were more likely to be fired after a bad hickey

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A 2013 report revealed that partners were more likely to be fired after a bad hickeyPhoto credit: Shutterstock

According to a study, a FIRST kiss can make or break a relationship.

A 2013 report in Archives of Sexual Behavior revealed that partners were more likely to be dumped after a bad smooch.

The study found that 66 percent of women would end the day, compared to 59 percent of men.

MAINTAINS YOUTHFUL APPEARANCE

Kissing can contract up to 34 facial muscles and keep your skin taut

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Kissing can contract up to 34 facial muscles and keep your skin tautPhoto credit: Shutterstock

PILLOW can give your face a great workout.

During a smooching session, you can contract up to 34 facial muscles and keep your skin taut.

The work of these muscles can also support collagen production, which keeps skin plump.

LOSES WEIGHT

You can burn anywhere from 2 to 26 calories per minute, depending on how passionate you are about making out

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You can burn anywhere from 2 to 26 calories per minute, depending on how passionate you are about making outPhoto credit: Shutterstock

It might not be the gym, but a smooch is better than no workout.

You can burn anywhere from 2 to 26 calories per minute, depending on how passionate you are about making out.

A slow jog burns about nine calories per minute, so it’s a fair workout.

STOPS HEADACHES

When you kiss, your blood vessels dilate, increasing blood flow, which relieves headaches

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When you kiss, your blood vessels dilate, increasing blood flow, which relieves headachesPhoto credit: Shutterstock

WHILE you’re kissing, your blood vessels dilate, which increases blood flow, which relieves headaches.

A kiss also reduces the stress hormone cortisol, which can cause migraines.

So stop using headaches as an excuse.

Reduces hay fever

Kissing can relieve watery eyes and itchy noses caused by hay fever

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Kissing can relieve watery eyes and itchy noses caused by hay feverPhoto credit: Shutterstock

SNOGGING can relieve watery eyes and itchy noses caused by hay fever.

A Japanese study found that couples who kissed for 30 minutes benefited from an antihistamine-like effect.

Their levels of immunoglobulin E, which causes symptoms of hay fever, were lower.

BOOST YOUR SEX LIFE

The longer you kiss, the more you feel like having sex

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The longer you kiss, the more you feel like having sexPhoto credit: Shutterstock

SALIVA contains testosterone that puts both partners in the mood for love.

Biological anthropologist Helen Rutger believes that men prefer French kissing to transfer more sex hormones to their partner.

And the longer you make out, the more in the mood you get.

Five smacking movie moments

The 2002 version of SPIDER-MAN features Tobey Maguire's famous reverse kiss with Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane

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The 2002 version of SPIDER-MAN features Tobey Maguire’s famous reverse kiss with Kirsten Dunst’s Mary Jane
Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams share a hickey in the rain in Weepie The Notebook

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Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams share a hickey in the rain in Weepie The NotebookCredit: Alamy
Who can forget Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar kissing in the park in Cruel Intentions?

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Who can forget Selma Blair and Sarah Michelle Gellar kissing in the park in Cruel Intentions?Photo credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Women melted away when Richard Gere swept Debra Winger off her feet in An Officer and a Gentleman

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Women melted away when Richard Gere swept Debra Winger off her feet in An Officer and a GentlemanCredit: Outstanding
The puppy and the spaniel in the Disney classic Lady and the Tramp steal a kiss while sharing a dish of spaghetti

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The puppy and the spaniel in the Disney classic Lady and the Tramp steal a kiss while sharing a dish of spaghettiCredit: Alamy

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