Kissing Revealed: 17 Things You Never Knew About Locking Lips

From what turns us on to the crucial role kissing plays in romance and relationships (19 Photos)

Jordan Lite on Feb 2, 2011 at 2:17PM

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Kissing Revealed: 17 Things You Never Knew About Locking Lips

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Kissing Comes Naturally But Our Techniques Can Evolve

We’re kissed from birth (more on that later) and other social animals seem to kiss, too. Bonobos -- a type of Chimpanzee -- have been known to smooch for up to 12 minutes straight, while giraffes like to entwine necks, and even fish touch lips, Kirshenbaum says. So while all of us seem to be programmed to know what to do, we pick up culture-specific techniques from movies and TV. Still, Kirshenbaum says, “There are definitely things people can learn to make it a better experience.” Lay off the pressure -- it produces the stress hormone cortisol, a real buzz kill. “Getting to know someone fosters a bond and makes the likelihood of a kiss going well higher,” she says.

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