Do Not Underestimate the Power of a Kiss

kissA survey has found that one in five married couples only kiss once a week, and that when they do, it's for less than five seconds. When you break it down by age groups, it's no surprise that the younger couples are smooching the most: Those asked between ages 18 to 24 say they kiss their partner on average 11 times a week. But when you look at the older kids, the study found that only 5 percent of those over 45 lock lips more than 30 times a week.

The benefits of kissing should not be underestimated, my fellow lovebirds. Not only do we romantically bond with the old smoocheroos, but kissing also helps boost our moods, our immune system, our sex drive, and, yeah, our facial muscle strength.


Remember that scene in Pretty Woman where Julia Roberts explains that she doesn't kiss on the lips because it's too personal? If you're a prostitute, then, agreed, but if you're with your loved one, there's nothing more important than making your precious time personal. It's time to swap saliva like you're teenagers again in the back row at a movie theater.

Experts say kissing gets our blood pumping, in a good way. Kissing sets the mood, which paves the way for things to get more sexy. And sexy time is great for couples, in case you didn't know.

Kissing not only boosts our spirit and our connection with our partner, but bonus! It strengthens our facial muscles, too. Feeling a little saggy? Forget Botox. Start sucking face. It also boosts our immunity -- passing bugs back and forth with your husband is a great way to strengthen your body's defenses. Seriously! And it relaxes us -- kissing releases both oxytocin and endorphins in our brains, making us feel calm and happy.

So many of us are bogged down with work and those damn details in life that seem to leave us little time for more than a quick peck before running out the door each morning, and a sleepy peck before turning out the light at night. We're missing so many make-out opportunities, it's ridiculous. What are we waiting for? Let's all pucker up.

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