I saw some interesting claims for kissing recently, so I did some digging to get the facts. There’ve been a number of studies on kissing, so there’s no shortage of data. The following information is from studies done in the US and Europe.
- Women rate kissing as more important than men do.
- Men are more likely to initiate kissing before (or to get) sex, while women are more likely to initiate it after sex.
- More kissing correlated with a better relationship quality.
- There was no correlation between frequency of kissing and sex, but more kissing meant a greater satisfaction with the amount of sex.
- Women are most into kissing during the fertile part of their cycle.
- Most men prefer open mouth kissing, most women prefer closed mouth.
- A lot of kissing was linked to a satisfying and healthy long-term relationship.
- Regular kissing reduces stress levels. This was true for both self-reported stress levels and checks of cortisol levels, the “stress hormone”. The longer a couple had been together, the more kissing reduced their cortisol levels.
- Couples asked to kiss more often for six weeks reported they argued less, exercised more, had less conflict, and understood each other better. (This study had a control group.)
- Frequent kissing reduces “bad” cholesterol levels!
Bottom line: Kiss more; it is good for the health of both your marriage and your body.
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