Kissing is one of the most enjoyable things you can do for your health, and for your partners well being too! If only all paths to wellness were this good.
1. Kissing Builds Connection
You might be thinking duh! Stating the obvious. You're right. In the early days of a relationship, we can't get enough kissing. When I was young, the term 'pash rash' explained the redness around your lips from kissing a lot, especially a guy with stubble. As the early excitement of a relationship settles in to something long term, with the added responsibilities, kissing can diminish. It's not that the love stops, but kissing just dwindles away and ceases to be a priority.
"Kissing releases oxytocin, which is the same hormone that is secreted when breastfeeding. Oxytocin is responsible for the comfort and connection that forms between mother and child and may explain the way kissing bonds us to another. Kissing also releases dopamine, which triggers the same part of your brain that is stimulated by cocaine. Those butterflies in your stomach, they come from epinephrine and norepinephrine, which increase your heartbeat and send oxygenated blood to your brain." Read more of this Zach Brittle article here from the Gottman Blog.
Kissing is especially important if your love language is physical touch. You can find out your love language with this short free quiz here. According to Dr John Gottman, successful long term couples don't forget to kiss hello, goodbye and goodnight. In your day, make 5 minutes, and create greeting and parting rituals, which are some of the hallmarks of long happy relationships.
2. Kissing Adds Years To Your Life
Research has found that men who kiss their wives goodbye before going to work have less accidents at work and on the road, and live 5 years longer!
3. Kissing Reduces Stress
Some studies have shown that kissing can cause a reduction in the stress hormone cortisol. Kissing could help lower your blood pressure and prevent heart attacks.
4. Kissing Brings Back Romance And Joy
It's so easy to be careless and take one another for granted. Many couples tell me they are too busy or too tired for sex. How about begin with a long kiss and see where it might lead. Feeling connected, loved, appreciated and relaxed is the perfect environment for emotional and sexual intimacy.
Try having a 7 second kiss every day and see how your relationship can transform by being intentional and unrushed. You're busy I hear you say? Everyone can find 7 seconds a day. Your partner and your relationship are worth it!