What Animals Reveal About Why We Kiss

Kisses are nearly universal, whether given as a greeting, a sign of affection, or a tentative indicator of the first stirrings of attraction.

In many cultures, a kiss on the cheek is a common way of saying hello or goodbye. Despite my European upbringing, I have always been a little wary of kissing strangers, even if it’s just a light peck-there is that uncomfortable moment when you may not be so keen to engage in the ritual but risk offending a new acquaintance.

Maybe for me, kissing, in whatever form, is more personal and intimate-a gesture reserved for “special” occasions. At the same time, one can think of many more unpleasant ways to say hello-for a cat or a dog, a sniff of the bum or a whiff of each other’s breath may be the preferred way to go. I suppose, then, that an air kiss to each cheek (the face, not the butt) isn’t so bad after all.

It’s all about perspective.

Why do so many animals kiss? For the many species who greet one another with a kiss or a sniff, it’s about exchanging a wealth of information-who they are, how healthy they are, what their hormone levels are, where they have been, and what they have eaten. Such can be the power of even the simplest kisses. Take prairie dogs (link is external). They are known for their “greet-kiss,” which goes a little like this: Two prairie dogs approach, they lock teeth, swap some saliva, and then, inevitably, one of two things happens-they fight or they go about their business. Do they fight because one is a poor kisser? More likely, it’s because they don’t belong to the same social group.

Among we humans, nothing is as momentous as that first kiss (link is external) when it comes to arousal, romance, and love. It usually does not lead to a fight, but it can rock your world or shatter your dreams. And, oh, how nerve-racking it can be.

What’s so important about the first kiss? There is evidence to suggest that, via touch, taste, and smell, it aids us in assessing the long-term potential of a mate. Through the saliva, scientists speculate, kisses help us acquire a range of information about a potential mate, including hormone levels, health, and genetic compatibility (We’re more like prairie dogs than you thought.) We also learn about basic compatibility based on how well we kiss together. And once you kiss, a suite of chemical reactions in the brain and body are activated. Sparks really can fly.

We aren’t the only species to kiss for “love,” but others have developed different approaches. Cardiocondyla elegans (link is external), a species of ant, has a decidedly special kiss. Unlike humans and bonobos (link is external), which share our passion for tongue kissing, C. elegans plays antennae hockey to get in the mood. We don’t have antennae, of course, but not all human cultures, past or present, embrace mouth-to-mouth contact as a sign of affection. In ancient Egyptian and several cultures still vibrant today today, such as some Inuit societies, sniffing each other’s breath, licking around the face, or simply rubbing faces is still the way to go.

Regardless of what form your kiss takes, it’s thought that once a partner has been selected and you are in a relationship, kissing serves to maintain and strengthen the bond between you. So go ahead-kiss fervently with your mouth, sniff each other intensely, or rub noses with abandon. However you go about it, not only will you learn a lot about a mate, it will be sure to get your motor revving.

Let Kissing Liven Up Your Meetings (and More Kissing Tips)

Every now and then a quarrel breaks out down at the barber shop, lines are drawn, challenges leveled and, with any luck, somebody walks out with very few blood stains. All over a seemingly innocent discussion: What is the greatest sport ever?

Some say “football”. Some say “baseball”. Canadians say “hockey”. The rest of the world says “soccer”. (Actually, they say “football”, too…but they mean “soccer”.

I say: “kissing”. Yes, kissing is the greatest sport ever. Allow me to recount just a few of the reasons.

Kissing is a very versatile sport. There are so many kisses – at least one for each occasion. There is the peck on the cheek kiss, the peck on each cheek kiss, the peck on your nephew’s cheek kiss while grabbing the other cheek flab with your hand, the madly passionate kiss, the kiss on the hand, the kiss of death, the “Hey you! Kiss this!”, and even the town of Kissimmee (founded by early Italian pioneer kissers) in Florida.

Kissing is easy to transport. It really doesn’t matter where you are. You can kiss: at the gym, in the boardroom, in the space shuttle, even in Alaska from June through September.

Kissing requires very little equipment, meaning you can do it even when unprepared, and even when you have to travel light. This makes it the ideal participation sport for businessmen, world travelers and hang gliders

Kissing always livens things up. Try this: the next time you are in a booooring meeting that seems to last foreeeeever, why not just kiss somebody. See how it livens things up?

Kissing is legal in all 50 states and most countries. Rumors are circulating that kissing will even be legalized soon on Mars, Jupiter and in Afghanistan.

Kissing is 100% biodegradable, so when you kiss somebody, you help the environment.

Kissing is safe to do in a moving vehicle, as long as you are not driving.

Kissing is non toxic…unless you kiss somebody who has just swallowed a bottle of Drano. Even so, kissing is still safe, as long as you avoid the mouth area.

Kissing is non-fattening. This is perhaps the best news of all, because now dieters have something to keep their mouths busy while not eating, and smokers can quit smoking without having to chew candies until they a) need to diet or b) induce diabetes. (Read the headline: “Kissing prevents diabetes”)

Kissing is organic, low in sodium, preservative-free, low in saturated fats and does not contain dozens of delicious ingredients that cannot be pronounced, like javelchromopntheoremicherbicidic acid.

Most kisses are not tested on animals, but who am I to stifle your sense of adventure.

You can kiss just about everyone: your boyfriend, your aunt, your wife, your veterinarian, the Prime Minister of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick and your pet aardvark. Don’t try kissing them all at the same time, though…especially not your boyfriend and your wife.

Kissing meets the toughest safety regulations of any national or international sporting organization. Kissing has a tremendous safety record, except for the occasional locked braces. But a quick call for a AAA tow truck fixes that problem (CAA in Canada, AA in the UK, the local plumber in France)

The only recorded deaths involving kissing are by third parties, usually wives, husbands, spurned lovers and other spectators who somehow get past security and storm onto the playing field.

There are a few kisses we recommend you avoid. These are often referred to as “extreme kissing”. Don’t kiss an on-duty sumo wrestler; it is considered dangerous. Don’t kiss a metal fence-post in sub-zero weather; readers in northern climates know exactly what I mean. Don’t kiss any electrical outlets. Don’t kiss the vacuum cleaner if you want to retain all your vital organs. It’s OK to kiss sandpaper, just don’t use your tongue. Don’t kiss a chainsaw; we feel this one is self-explanatory. And don’t kiss your office manager while on duty…unless you happen to be a work-from-home hermit like me.

But overall, kissing is so great that it makes baseball, hockey, football and soccer seem like bush league sports. Next time you hear a brawl at your local barbershop, just go in and give everyone a kiss. I guarantee that you will win the argument hands down. And if not, at least you will make some new friends to argue with.

Is KiSS a Profitable and Legit Opportunity? – KiSS Review

I decided to investigate an opportunity called KiSS due to the number of scams running online, this is what I found out…

Keep it Super Simple is what KiSS is all about, according to its promoters. The company promises to revolutionize how multilevel marketing is conventionally carried out. KiSS was founded to give way for transformation of usual MLM business. It is a proponent of what it calls ‘velocity marketing,’ described as marketing strategy at light speed. Through the advent of the Internet, speed in marketing has been given a new definition. The company asserts that velocity marketing is redefining marketing through harnessing immense speed of the modern online technology.

The Products

KiSS sticks is the flagship product of the company. The product is a lip balm that is marketed to promote a new sensation and feeling. There are three variations with equally interesting and catchy names. KiSS Me Soft features an orange passion with light and invigorating citrus flavor that sticks to the lips. KiSS Me Sweet has cherry flavor that acts more than just a lip balm. KiSS me Hot has intense hot flavor that is said to flame the mood.

KiSS Shots are breath fresheners and mouthwash products with distinct features. KiSS Me Strong has a bold peppermint flavor that chills and refreshes the mouth. KiSS Me Soft has a citrus invigorating flavor that rejuvenates. KiSS Me Sweet features a blueberry flavor that is claimed to attract attention and taste buds. KiSS Me Cool is the line’s Ice flavor, keeping mouth slippery and wet. It has a water mint flavor.

The Business and Compensation

KiSS’ MLM strategy is unlike all others. It does not require three-way phone calls, presentations, meetings, short sales, and inventory requirements. The company is also not imposing minimum recruitment qualifications and minimum volume. Marketers are not required to acquire scientific and technical knowledge, though knowing more about the products is logically a help. Lastly, KiSS is intending to grow virally though social networking. KiSS is legal and is not in any way fraudulent.

This seems to be a legit opportunity to pursue, but what is missing?

You need proper marketing knowledge.

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