February 12, 2014

in Physical Touch, Romance

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.

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  • 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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Can you pass on the references for this?


Not for lack of trying. There is a normal distribution curve. I'm at one end and, I think, my wife it at the other!

TheGenerousHusband moderator

@luckyhim  Not easily. I gathered that from four or five studies, and a couple I could not access directly so I used third party sources. If you Google "kissing study" you should find all of this in the top dozen or so hits.

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