According to a recent British Heart Foundation study, 18 percent of married couples go at least one complete week without any kissing contact. 40 percent of those surveyed also stated they kissed for only five seconds or less.
Previous articles have highlighted the many benefits of kissing including less stress, a higher level of intimate feelings and greater emotional connection, but what happens if kissing ceases all together?
One kiss expert, Dr Valerie Curtis from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, states that kissing may actually be our emotional response to disgust.
Kissing evolved from the fear of others, of parasites we cannot see and diseases we cannot even begin to think exist. Kissing someone means you either no longer fear his possible diseases, or you love him too much to care (cue the "awws" and deadly devotion sighs here).
A kiss, even a quick peck, can create a "runner's high" feeling, with a heightened release of serotonin and dopamine, also known as the happy chemicals.
If couples kiss to discover a potential new special someone, then do married couples not have to kiss as regularly or at all because they have already met their soul mate?
The answer to this question would have to be an (obvious) no. Although you can get and give pleasure to your partner, both physically and emotionally, by doing many different things, a kiss is a kiss. A simple, sweet reminder that you want to be close to your guy even when he leaves his dirty gym socks behind the bathroom door, again.
Kissing can bring you and your partner closer than you may have intended at the start. Be prepared with Today Sponge, an FDA approved contraceptive that can be worn for up to 24 hours of protection.
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