Kiss for Many Reasons
Kiss for Many Reasons

Kissing is not just a symbol of romantic involvement. Kissing, as an act, has many different meanings but with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, some of you may be anticipating that once a year excuse to garner an extra intimate kiss from your sweetheart.

“Kisses kept are wasted;
love is to be tasted.
There are some you love, I know;
be not loathe to tell them so.
Lips go dry and eyes grow wet
waiting to be warmly met.
Keep them not in waiting yet;
Kisses kept are wasted.”

Edmund Vance Cooke

A kiss may be casual, intimate, hold a religious significance, or it could be a right of passage. With so many acceptable definitions that are signaled by a kiss, it is easy to misinterpret some. Here is some information about the kiss just in time to sweeten up any of your Valentine’s Day conversations.

Often used in our society for a greeting, sign of respect or for good luck, kissing in some other cultures is completely unknown. To kiss the hand or ring of your leaders is a privledge, but we know that kissing the lips of your lover is a treat that stimulates significant internal reactions.

Were kisses all the joys in bed, one woman would another wed.”
William Shakespeare

An intimate kiss includes other senses such as smell, touch and taste. Public displays of affection are uncomfortable for many and you won’t usually witness frequent passionate scenes in public. If you see a pair of lovers dart into a doorway or under the stairs, they may be heading for a bit of privacy as they can no longer resist a passionate embrace and kiss.

The kiss of those we love is a completely different kiss, that that of whom we are in love with.

Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep.”
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Parents affectionately kiss their children, siblings kiss upon greeting and other relatives regularly receive an expected kiss upon arrival. Kissing for admiration and for non-romantic love often travels outside of family members and may include close friends. Except on New Year’s Eve, when at the stroke of midnight a quick kiss on the lips may include practically everyone in the room.

Literature covers the act of kissing in many different ways. Kissing a frog may break a spell of witchcraft and bring you a prince. Kissing a sleeping princess may bring her back to life and her hand in marriage. A kiss may be a sign of eminate danger or betrayal, as in the kiss of death.

Sword of Liberation
Sword of Liberation

People throughout history have kissed as a sign of respect. Some kiss the ground, the cross and other idols or symbols, and Joan of Arc kissed the “Sword of Liberation” in an 1863 painting by Rosetti.

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth; for thy love is better than wine.”
Song of Soloman

Technically, kissing takes a bit of coordination with your partner, but a passionate kiss shares some of the strongest pheromones that trigger a natural response from our partner. Frequent kissing in committed couples has been found to reduce stress and cholesterol while increasing a more satisfying relationship.

The next time you give or receive a kiss, consider for a moment the motive behind it, then pucker-up and plant one!

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