Health Benefits of Long and Frequent Kissing
Kissing long and often comes with lasting health benefits
It goes without saying. Approaching women is a science, but kissing a woman is an art form that requires patience, effort and practice. Many guys do not like to talk about kissing but will believe they are great kissers – and women will be quick to disprove this idea. Fact is, a woman will remember the best kisses of her life, and if you are a guy she sees a good kisser, you will know and understand this intricate form of love and caring.
It could be your first kiss with a new girlfriend or your life partner, kissing always leaves a powerful lasting impression – one that lingers long after locking lips. The more we kiss, the more we communicate on a romantic level. Long and frequent kissing will not only help your relationship by fostering compatibility. Studies now show that long and frequent kissing comes with incredible benefits.
Why -and how- we kiss are fascinating topics in the fields of psychology, sociology, and communication. There are cultural rules for kissing, for example, that regulate non-romantic behavior. Do you kiss when you greet, or say goodbye to, a work or professional colleague? If so, where should the kiss be planted—cheek or lips? Who initiates the kiss? Are public displays of affection considered okay, or are they frowned upon?
Whatever our cultural norms say about kissing, there’s almost certain agreement that kissing a loved one (in private) is not only okay, but highly desirable. As an expression of love, the kiss is celebrated in art, movies, literature, and especially pop music. Think of all the chart toppers proclaiming its importance: “Seal it With a Kiss,” “This Kiss,” “My First Kiss,” “Shut up and Kiss Me,” “Kiss From a Rose,” “Shoop, Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss”), “As Time Goes By” (with the lyrics, “you must remember this, a kiss is still a kiss…”) and “I Kissed a Girl.” We’re a culture obsessed with the kiss.
Successful long-term relationships are characterized by physical affection. Although we may assume that sex dwindles once the honeymoon is over, the happiest couples continue to show some form of physical affection throughout the duration of their relationship, even into late life.
As it turns out, kissing—often and long—may actually improve your health, benefit your well-being, and improve your intimate relationships. Arizona State University communications professor Kory Floyd and colleagues (2009) investigated the possible benefits of kissing in a sample of 52 married or cohabitating adults. They wanted to know whether the physical act of kissing provided tangible, measurable benefits. Let’s see what happened in the study.
Source: Psychology Today