A recent study published in Sexual and Relationship Therapy shared evidence that kissing frequency has A LOT to say about the state of a relationship. Data from a 1,605 person study surrounding committed relationships for at least two years, found that "kissing frequency had a significant, positive association with all specific aspects of recent sexual experiences and global sexual and relationship satisfaction."
Simply put, kissing is one of the most powerful ways to bond with our partners. And personally, I love a great makeout session with my husband. Kissing if fun, sexy, and so important to the way we connect.
Why Kissing Is So Important
I think it important to give the topic of kissing a lot of attention. With it being one of the most powerful ways to bond with your partner, I can testify personally that a great makeout session with my husband makes a huge difference in the way we relate. I find it fun, sexy, and incredibly important for our romantic relationship.
After doing a bit of research, I wanted to share why kissing is so important. My hopes are that you'll be inspired to enjoy kissing your love more often!
#1 - Kissing is important for emotional intimacy.
In relationships, two people are responsible for creating an emotionally, psychically, mentally, and spiritually, intimate relationship. Kissing makes us vulnerable to our partners and establishes an instant connection.
For newly developing relationships, kissing is an amazing barometer for sexual compatibility. It's so powerful that a first kiss can even make or break the connection.
I will never forget my first kiss with Sean. We were 17-years-old... in his car... and sparks flew! We never looked back.
#2 - Kissing (or not kissing) your partner can make (or break) your relationship.
It's the ultimate expression of love. Kissing releases "feel good" chemicals including oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin into the pleasure centers of the brain. Oxytocin, also known as the "love hormone" helps you connect deeply.
Whether you kiss passionately or enjoy a quick kiss/peck, it's an instant bond.
Sean and I make it a point to constantly kiss, even if it's a quick peck. I love the way it connects us!
#3 - Kissing is good for your overall health.
According to various studies, it's been discovered that kissing can do wonders for the mind and body. Here are some of my favorite findings:
Kissing makes you feel more alert: It stimulates the release of adrenaline and noradrenaline, so your heart rate increases, your body prepares for action, and you feel oh so alive.
Kissing can reduce stress levels: According to a 2009 study in the Western Journal of Communication, kissing can help "buffer the individual against the physiological effects of stress." Kissing was directly correlated with lowering the stress hormone cortisol, which can do wonders for the body.
Kissing can lower cholesterol levels: The same study found that when a person is overly stressed their cholesterol levels tend to rise. By smooching with your partner, you potentially have the power to decrease them.
Kissing can ease your allergies: In 2003, a Japanese study found that kissing with your partner for 30 minutes while enjoying soft music has the power to do things like relieve hives, reduce plasma neurotrophin levels (a sign that you're having an allergic reaction) associated with allergens like pollen and dust mites, and more.
#4 - Kissing is excellent for your sex drive.
The oral zone is one of the most sensitive erogenous zones on the body. The lips have been proven to have more nerve endings than any other part of the body, so a sensual kiss goes a long way.
During a long passionate kiss, testosterone gets released through saliva which triggers and promotes sexual arousal.
In short, our bodies love what happens when lips lock! How can you not love it? 🙂