Relationships

Doing this one thing a day helps keep divorce at bay

By Sangeeta Kocharekar November 13, 2016
COUPLE

Research says kissing daily can strengthen your relationship profoundly

Whether a peck or a pash, the key to a happy partnership is kissing. Australia’s most trusted dating site eHarmony found that 37% of those in a relationship and 29% of married couples revealed they needed at least one proper kiss a day to feel satisfied.

However, for those in the throes of new love the magic number increases to between 3-4 kisses a day to feel satisfied. We asked body language and kissing 
expert Katia Loisel for her thoughts on the findings. She said she didn't find it surprising. 

"Kissing can increase attraction, boost oxytocin [the cuddle hormone that induces connection and intimacy] and reduce conflict and stress. Therefore, couples who kiss frequently are also more likely to feel happy and connected as well as experiencing additional benefits from increased touch, eye contact and intimacy. It is such a small action that can reap big rewards for couples."

KISSING

Keeping your lips on lockdown is not the only thing that may spell relationship doom – skill is also important, with one in five Aussies admitting they would break up with someone if they were a bad kisser. Well-honed kissing skills appear to be more important to women, who are twice as likely as men to break up with a bad kisser. 


Studies have shown that women place more importance on kissing than men and use it as a form of mate selection – a way to initiate, maintain and evaluate the health of their relationship. A good kiss can actually make you appear more attractive. 

"For most people, their very first kiss is an emotionally intense experience; a heady combination of nerves, anxiety, anticipation and excitement. The exchange of sensory information during a kiss provides non-verbal clues about the other person, their genetics, compatibility and level of commitment." 

It's these clues that affect how attracted we feel and help us make a subconscious decision as to whether to go for round two or pursue a relationship.

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