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Pillow Talk: The Power of a Kiss

I'm glad so many of you participated in the poll last week about what you would live without in your relationship if you had to; tricky, wasn't it? A mere 15% of you opted to give up kissing. Not only is kissing just plain fun, it's also good for your body, your brain, and your relationship.

Kissing someone for the first time reveals all kinds of information about them. One study out of Russia suggests we chemically react to the saliva of a good, potential partner, receiving a rush of hormones if they pass. The face and hands are also loaded with scent glands, and we know for certain how helpful compatible pheromones can be when it comes to romantic attraction!

Passionate kissing releases endorphins, The more powerful the kiss, the more adrenaline you get, giving you that high feeling I'm sure I don't need to describe. The study also reports that kissing has been proven to stabilize cardiovascular activity, decrease cholesterol levels and high blood pressure, and it may even help burn calories.

But I love the versatility of the kiss. It can be a simple, romantic moment. It can be a greeting or a farewell gesture. It can be tender or passionate. It can be platonic or affectionate. It can be filled with excitement or with grief, even. There's one for your lips, your cheek, your forehead or your nose.

Anyone with a great kissing story to share, ladies? And I know there have got to be a few horror stories as well. Dish, please!


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