John Gottman suggests couples share a six-second kiss each day, which he calls a “kiss with potential” because research has shown that it can often lead to deeper intimacy.
Here are some things a six second kiss can do:
It can build a ritual of connection. It can create physical touch. It can be a bid for connection. If your partner has initiated, then it’s turning towards your partner. It boosts fondness and admiration. It builds appreciation between you. It can increase your love maps of your partner’s kissing style. It adds to your emotional bank account. It can boost your positives for the 5:1 ratio. It can lead to sex. It can be self-soothing. It can reduce cortisol (the “stress” hormone) and boost oxytocin (the “love” hormone).
So just kiss already!