a Case For Kissing

In the "Intimacy Index" conducted by the Berman Center for Women's Health in Chicago an estimated 3,000 randomly selected adults in NYC, Chicago and LA were asked questions about how emotionally connected they feel to their partners. The survey found that those couples who kiss "regularly and spontaneously" experience deeper emotional closeness and are better able to cope with the stresses in their lives.

Andrea Demirjian, author of the adorable, Kissing: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About One of Life's Sweetest Pleasures (http://www.kissingbook.com/ ) points out that "good passionate kissing causes a norepinephrine, dopamine, and phenylethylamine rush (also known as PEA). These neurotransmitters collide with the brain's pleasure receptors, creating feelings of delirium."

With this kind of punch, it's hard to understand why we stop - or slow down - on the kissing front. So next time, pucker up! And remember Andrea's kissing credo:

Kiss with enthusiasm

Kiss with abandon and no regret.

Kiss knowing each one counts for something.

And forever be in quest of kissing.