Why You Should Make Out With Your Spouse

Couple kissing
Couple kissing (Simple pecks can bring about emotional and relational benefits to your marriage.)

Today's post is a simple one ... a plea to all married couples of all ages and stages of life, to kiss ... to get kickin' with some good lip-lockin'. You see, it's a known fact that it's good to share kisses, particularly random kisses.

Whether you and your spouse pucker up at the drop of a hat or only give the occasional peck on the cheek, I'm going to share with you three types of benefits that a good make out session creates for you both.

1. Medical benefits. Physicians and other sources from WebMD are happy to report that kissing provides spouses with some great medical benefits. Here are a few of them (I'm still not sure that all of these are really true):

  • Reduced blood pressure: Kissing opens blood vessels which lowers pressure throughout the body.
  • Boosted immune system
  • Fighting cavities with increased saliva
  • Burning calories. (Although, I don't think it beats jogging.)
  • Exercising facial and neck muscles.
  • Heart health: A good kissing session can increase cardiovascular health.

2. Emotional benefits. Kissing is good for the feelings of the heart, not just the beating of the heart. [Tweet This] Here are some ways kissing helps us emotionally:

  • Lower stress: Kissing is believed to lower cortisol levels, a hormone associated with our physical reaction to stress.
  • Happiness by hormones: Kissing increases hormones that spur good emotions like serotonin and dopamine.
  • Improved self-esteem: We feel better about ourselves when we feel desired and loved by another.

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3. Relational benefits. The overall health of the marriage is helped, believe it or not, by frequent, passionate and even playful kissing, and here's how:

  • Bonding a couple: One of those "happy hormones" called oxytocin also acts as a physical and emotional bonding hormone, affixing strong attachment to the ones we kiss and love.
  • Increases desire and acceptance: Kissing is one of many ways to express to each other that you want and approve of each other, which strengthens your marriage.

You probably didn't need this list to convince you to do some extra smooching with your spouse. But if any of these benefits help you make the case to your spouse for some good ol' making out, I will have accomplished my goal for this post.

What other benefits can an active kissing life produce? Share them in the comments below.

Mark Merrill is the president of Family First. For the original article, visit markmerrill.com.

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