The Best Way to Smooch, According to Science

When it comes to love, the best way to seal the romance is a good, longkiss.

The moment you lock eyes with someone (especially your crush), it’s hard to think of anything else, but your hopes for a happily ever after. In Disney movies, the perfect fairytale concludes with a kiss.

Unfortunately, not all kisses are perfect. According to a video from Buzzfeed, which focused on a student population, 59% of the participants said their initial attraction ended after their first kiss.

What happened?

Crazy as it sounds (and a little bit ridiculous), a kiss is the be-all, end-all for some people. If you think about it, it sort of makes sense. No matter how head over heels you are for someone, a less-than-satisfactory kiss puts a damper on things.

Fortunately, science offers an answer.

Seeing the Sign: Does He Want to Kiss?

One of the biggest dilemmas in the smooching area is determining if he wants to kiss you or not. It results in cases of awkwardness and nervousness, which compromises the romantic moment.

So, how do you know?

It’s a matter of breaking into your significant other’s personal space—not in a manner that surprises or traumatizes them. Gauging their reaction helps.

Whether your intentions are romantic or not, kissing another person on the cheek or elsewhere (even sniffing them, if it’s your thing) requires moving into their personal space. Getting that close needs a level of trust and expectation. Thus, delivering the kiss should earn an unspoken gesture of acceptance.

Kisses are so intimate gestures such as flinching can tell you if they want it or not. Pleasant responses, on the other hand, serve as green light. Either way, they offer the necessary information that keeps things from being too awkward.

What Science Says

For women, science offers a simple suggestion—don’t hold back.

It starts with good eye contact; make him feel that you want him bad. A steady stare sends the message: “I want you now.”

A good kiss for you man means opening your mouth more. Research reports that most men prefer “wetter kisses with more tongue action.” Also, don’t be afraid to initiate the smooch and take a more active role in the kiss. Remember, some guys like it when they see you love it more than they do.

Kissing is one of the best forms of “skinship.” In the Now, go practice that science.

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