The Power of a Smooch!

By Jason Benham

Our son Jake is an affectionate little guy. Physical touch is by far his top love language. Rarely a week goes by where we don’t hear Jake say at least once, “Dad, give mom a smooch!” When we do he just sits there and smiles. Seeing us be affectionate with each other seems to fill his little love tank.

While it makes Jake’s day to see us kiss, research shows it has a powerful impact on the marriage bond. When we read the below we just had to pass it on. This information is too good to keep to ourselves!

Dr. John Gottman, the author of Seven Principles That Make Marriage Work, says, “Don’t leave home without a kiss that lasts six seconds. Kissing does wonders for you; it releases oxytocin, which makes you feel a sense of comfort and bonding, and dopamine, which activates your brain’s reward center. Those butterflies in your stomach? They come from epinephrine and norepinephrine, which increase your heartbeat and send oxygenated blood to your brain. Some studies have even shown that kissing can cause a reduction in the stress hormone cortisol, which could help lower your blood pressure.”

Why six seconds? “Because,” as Dr. Gottman puts it, “it’s long enough to feel romantic.”

Wow. Ok. Good to know. Let’s all commit to giving this a shot. If you do it we’ll do it!


Jason Benham

My aim is simple: I want to get you hooked on God’s Word so that you become the godly man your wife and kids need you to be—the faithful warrior God called you to be. As men, we were made to fight, and our greatest weapon is the Word of God. Armed with His truth, we can win the battles desperately raging against us, our marriages, our families, as well as the culture in which we are called to change.

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