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From besos to bisous, snog to smooch: A celebration of International Kissing Day

Posted on: July 06, 2017

In today’s world, we could all use a little more love. And to celebrate love, in all of its forms we’re sharing some fun facts about smooching for International Kissing Day taking place on July 6! That’s right, International Kissing Day, also known as World Kiss Day, is a day dedicated to the beauty of sharing a kiss with someone you love. Not only does it form a meaningful bond, but you’ll also burn calories while you’re at it, so we say, the more passionate the kiss the better! Some studies even say that couples that kiss regularly tend to live longer[1], and kissing makes you happier by releasing endorphins. So whether it’s your boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend, or crush, get ready to show the people you love most how you feel. And while you’re at it, share with them the fun facts and myth-busters you learned about kissing while reading this blog post.

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Breaking down the numbers, one kiss at a time

What’s the best part about kissing? There’s no one way to go about it! And, there’s no one right way to do it, either. Let’s first take a look at what it takes the body to kiss: According to a study, one kiss requires the coordination of 146 muscles, including 34 facial muscles.[2] Kissing mostly involves the orbicularis oris, also known as the muscle around your mouth. Of course, your lips play a major role in kissing, too. They’re uber sensitive – 10,000 nerve endings sensitive. That’s more than the clitoris, which only has 8,000.[3] So, with all of these muscles and nerves on your side, there’s no need to worry about how to kiss. Your kiss is unique to you, and that’s what makes your partner enjoy kissing you most. Remember: all that matters is that you and your partner feel good about it and only do what you want to do. From there, just trust your gut and enjoy the moment. Your lips will thank you either way.

Have you ever heard the phrase: ‘you need to kiss a few frogs to find your prince’? Research seems to support this theory! According to a UK study, a woman will kiss 15 people before meeting “the one”.[4] For men it’s not that different – the average man will kiss 16 people before meeting the one. Did you fall in love with your first kiss? Have you lost count of frogs? Or maybe you’re concerned you haven’t had your first kiss yet? The good news is, there’s no “perfect timing” for your first kiss, or “perfect number” of kisses, for that matter! Only you get to decide if and when to kiss someone. Let’s look at the figures: 70% of people aged 16 to 24 years had their first kiss by age 15.[5] When the parents of these 16- to 24-year-olds were asked the same question, only 46% of them had smooched by the same age. Outracing our parents, are we? This just goes to show how much more open-minded the world has become. However, at the same time, it’s important to be aware that this is not the case all across the globe. In some countries you are not allowed to kiss in public. Or, sometimes you might meet someone who tries to kiss you when you don’t want to. That’s why it’s so important to trust your instincts, get to know your partner, stay in control of what you want and communicate that you both want the same thing, and when you do – do so safely, and always with protection.

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Knowledge is power

Are you feeling ready to embrace your passion? Great! Now let’s tackle some stubborn myths that are out there about kissing. Have you ever heard someone say that you can get pregnant from kissing? The rumors are NOT true! No matter how passionate things might get, pregnancy is not possible through a kiss. Promise! Next up, the rumor that kissing can lead to a sexually transmitted infection, or STI. Here are the facts: it’s very unlikely to catch an STI through kissing. It is possible to get Herpes, but your chances are very slim.[6] Also, contrary to popular myths, you cannot get HIV through kissing. You can, however, catch STIs through unprotected sexual intercourse or oral sex. So it’s important to always protect yourself when having sex – always. To learn more about protection against STIs and pregnancy, check out and For individual advice, you should also consult a reliable resource such as your healthcare provider for any questions you might have. They’ll have trustworthy advice to share with you about your protection and contraception options. Now that you’re armed with fun facts, real facts, and helpful resources, we hope you feel prepared and excited for your next kiss. Be it a cheek peck from your best friend, or some passionate lip-locking with the guy or girl that makes your heart beat faster, go celebrate International Kissing Day in your own unique way!



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