by Merritt on April 12, 2012

I have lots to say about kissing, but in the interest of keeping this brief for my A-to-Z Challenge visitors, I’m only going to focus on one aspect today: the 10-second kiss.

Smooch 300x272 KissingLast week my mother-in-law told me about a segment on The Today Show about kissing. You can watch the 4-minute video about the importance of kissing here. A big part of the segment is about the first kiss related to dating, but right about 3:00 minutes into the conversation they talk about the 10-second kiss {the article on the same page talks about it a bit more}.

What they don’t mention on the show is oxytocin, sometimes known as the “love hormone” {Google it, I swear this is true!} as the reason WHY kissing for longer than just a peck on the lips is important. When we cuddle, hug, kiss, and engage in other types of intimacy our bodies release this hormone that increases and reinforces attachment.

We first learned about this shortly after we were married. A counselor we knew suggested that engaging in long drawn out hugs {10-20 seconds} at least once a day would strengthen our marriage over time. The reason—oxytocin! Our bodies are actually created to chemically respond to the love and nurturing of a committed relationship. And longer kisses do the same thing.

Give the 10-second kiss a try tonight {10 seconds really is longer than you would guess} and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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