Who knew? The day before Valentine’s Day is now known as Kiss Day. That’s the prefect prelude to love and romance.
Kissing, that wonderful, sloppy, sensual act is the gateway to a great love life. Remember the scene from The Notebook, where Ryan Gosling and Rachel Adams were mugging down in the pouring rain? Who wouldn’t want to be loved like that.
Kissing has special powers that stimulate our senses. Our uber-sensitive lips send signals to our brain to create a cocktail of hormones that make us want more. Dopamine activates the pleasure center. Oxytocin, also known as the “love hormone” generates feelings of connection and bonding.
Yes, a little kissing leads to more kissing. And more kissing can lead to sex. Passionate sex.
In the book The Normal Bar, authors Christiane Northrup, James Witt and Pepper Schwartz describe their relationship research. They surveyed 100,000 people around the world and found habits related to happiness in relationships. Of the people who reported being extremely happy, 57% shared a passionate kiss several times per week.
Among the couples that reported enjoying sex with their partners, 85% of them kiss passionately on a regular basis.
So, if you want a bit more happiness and better sex, pucker up and start smooching. Sex without kissing is focused on orgasm. Kissing before, during and after sex leads to better connection.
But don’t just think of kissing as foreplay. Kiss often throughout the day.
Couples often give a quick peck when greeting one another or parting. John Gottman says instead of just a perfunctory kiss, try making it last for six seconds.
One. Two. Three. Four. Five. Six.
Now that’s a kiss with possibilities.
A six-second kiss feels different than a peck. It gives the brain a chance to feel the sensation on the lips. You can smell and taste your partner. You can feel the softness of their skin or their stubbly growth. It is long enough to say “I can take time out of my busy day to focus on you.”
If the passion is waning in your relationship and you long for a better sex life, start by giving your partner six seconds of your time. And then six seconds more. And six seconds more. Even if you giggle while doing it, do it anyway.
Then move on to the longer, more passionate kisses of your earlier relationship. The Normal Bar reported that passionate kissing often declines in longer term relationships. But you don’t have to fall victim to that.
Start now and give your Valentine a kiss to remember.