In dating and relationships, your lips can be put to persuasive use beyond speaking and smiling. Kissing is the key to love. Learn how to kiss well and you may find yourself with a partner for life (or the evening). Smooch spectacularly and you can keep a relationship strong over time too. However, if you slobber, drool, or forget your mouthwash...you might not get a second chance to make-out!
The research is pretty clear on this point - kissing counts for a lot. It influences the course of a romantic interaction. It makes-or-breaks love at times. So, we'll look at what the research has to say (as always). Then, I will share some tips on when and how to kiss persuasively. Have your chapstick or lip gloss handy :)
Research on Osculation (a.k.a. Kissing)
One of my favorite, detailed studies of kissing behavior was conducted in 2007 by Hughes, Harrison, and Gallup. The group surveyed a total of 1,041 undergraduate students (both male and female) on numerous aspects of kissing behavior. Here are the highlights of what they found: