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Smooching 101

July27

Tip # 88

 

Birds and the Bees  

 
 

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Smooching is everywhere. Birds tap their bills together, but we’re not sure about bees. That information comes from Helen E. Fisher, PhD biological anthropologist. She’s a Research Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Rutgers University and has written a number of books, but the study of romantic love is her specialty.  

“All kinds of animals kiss,” says Fisher. “Insects will stroke each other with a leg, or stroke another’s abdomen. Even turtles, moles, and cats rub noses. Dogs lick each other’s faces. Elephants put their trunks in another elephant’s mouth.”    

“Kissing helps your state of mind,” she adds. “Infatuation can be perfectly divine. If you’re madly in love with somebody, it’s perfectly wonderful to kiss them. It creates incredible intimacy. It boosts self-esteem. It’s wonderful to be kissed by somebody.”   

I think of smooching as those tender, repeated, little pecks over and over. The famed movie director, Alfred Hitchcock, in the 1940’s through ’60’s often had his characters embrace with repeated little smooches over and over as the camera made it seem as if the whole room swirled around them. The scenes were more than alluring. You get the idea.  

Probably one of the first movie kisses many remember even as children is of a couple dining at an Italian restaurant sharing a bowl of spaghetti. It doesn’t appear they are aware of it, but each has a hold on the same strand of spaghetti until the dear Tramp and the elegant Lady’s noses meet. . .and they kiss. Who could forget that memorable scene in Disney’s Lady and the Tramp?  

You’ve tried those long movie kisses, now create a new record of how long you can share little smooches–after the kids are tucked in.   

   (Please leave a comment. We’d love to hear what you think!) 

~ Glenda  (gj) 

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