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Let’s be honest, kissing is one of the best parts of dating! Your eyes lock, your lips finally meet. A kiss can tell you so many things about the person in front of you — they can be life-altering, sexual, awkward, disappointing, amazing, intense… we have all experienced one of these. On another note, kissing is not only very fun, it can be healthy, too.

“Sex, as wonderful as it is, can be perfunctory,” Andréa Demirjian, author of “Kissing: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about One of Life’s Sweetest Pleasures,” told CNN.  “Kissing is intimate: You’re right there in the space of your soul. It gets to the core of your heart and spirit because it’s such a lovely way to express and receive love and affection. A kiss a day really can keep the doctor away.”

Here are 8 reasons you should be getting your smooch on, via CNN.

Kissing helps reduce your blood pressure

“Kissing passionately gets your heartbeat revved in a healthy way that helps lower your blood pressure,” says Demirjian. “It dilates your blood vessels — blood is flowing in a good, solid fashion and getting to all your vital organs.


Kissing helps get rid of your cramps and headaches

“Kissing is great if you have a headache or menstrual cramps,” says Demirjian. “Honey, I have a headache. Come kiss me!”


Kissing fights your cavities

“When you’re kissing, you’re secreting more saliva in your mouth,” says Demirjian. “That’s the mechanism that washes away the plaque on your teeth that leads to cavities.”


Kissing accelerates your happy hormones

“If you’re feeling stressed or rundown, a little kissing or lovemaking [is] actually the elixir you need to… feel better,” says Demirjian. “It will relax, restore and revitalize you… The feel-good chemicals in the brain get percolating: serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin — things you can get from the rush of exercising.”


Kissing burns off calories

“Kissing and lovemaking can be a vigorous exercise if you’re fully engaged,” Demirjian says. “You need to have a passionate kiss [in order to burn those calories], but it doesn’t have to be a 10-hour make-out session.”


Kissing boosts your self-esteem

“If he leaves his home happy, he’s more productive at work because he’s not feeling emotionally distressed, so he’s going to make more money,” explains Demirjian. “Kissing has so much to do with your self-esteem and feeling loved and connected.”


Kissing can give you a facelift

“Your mouth has a number of facial muscles,” she says. “When those are engaged in kissing, you can tighten and tone them.


Kissing helps you understand if you are sexually compatible

“Sometimes during the first kiss, people are feeling awkward, nervous or embarrassed,” she says. “That might not breed the most seductive, sexy experience.”


So, what are you waiting for? Go get your kiss on. Health benefits galore!

H/t CNN.