6 July 2017: International Kissing Day

 

 

Rodin - Le baiser
Auguste Rodin – 1882

6 July 2017 is International Kissing Day or World Kiss Day, celebrating one of our most enjoyable experiences, that  cross-cultural form of communication that means the same things in every country—regardless of language, ethnicity, or religion, without the need of words.
It was established in 2006 to focus on the kissing that takes place between lovers, and to celebrate the place it holds in our society, though some people seem to have forgotten the simple pleasures associated with that  agreeable and joyful expression of intimacy.

 

But kissing is an old practice whose significance extends far beyond just romance. The act of kissing has many meanings and takes many forms: it may be usual to greet with a kiss on each cheek, or, for children, to get kisses from their parents (but this tends to fade as they grow up)
In addition, experts have pointed out its benefits : it reduces blood pressure and pain, increases feelings of well-being and self-esteem, decreases levels of stress, burns calories, among many other benefits

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