Happy International Kissing Day, can you kiss?
ARE you a good kisser?
Today is International Kissing Day and snagging and keeping a partner is all in the kiss according to Relationship and Body Language Expert Katia Loisel.
"A study by Psychology Professor Gordon Gallup found that 66 per cent of women and 59 per cent of men surveyed had broken up with someone because they were a bad kisser.
'In addition to leaving us feeling as though we're walking on clouds, research has found that kissing promotes connection and relaxation, improves perceived relationship satisfaction and self-esteem, reduces stress and anxiety and boosts the immune system.
"During a hot passionate kiss all of our senses are activated and convey information about our genetic makeup and compatibility.
"This information helps us to make a subconscious decision about whether our kissing partner is a suitable match."
TOP FIVE KISSING NO-NOS:
- The sloppy kiss: It's generally men that go for the full-on sloppy kiss because a big wet open-mouthed kiss releases testosterone. This can help women get in the mood… but don't go for too much too soon.
- The dead fish: Nothing's going to turn someone off faster than the dead fish. Kissing is a game best played with two - so if you're into them, don't just sit there, show some enthusiasm and let them know that you're into the kiss as well.
- The tongue down the throat: You might not be able to take your hands off them, but don't turn kissing into a competition to see how long they can hold their breath.
- The darting tongue: Darting your tongue in and out of their mouth like a snake isn't likely to get you a second date. Studies show that men rate tongue kissing higher than women, so spice things up by alternating between a hot and heavy smooch and a more sensual kiss.
- The hard kiss: Avoid plunging into the hard kiss (usually accompanied by a gentle grab of the hair or pushing up against a hard surface) unless you've tested the waters first. Of course if they lunge at you first or they're into it, then it's all systems go!