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Kissing in marriage: Is it an endangered activity?

kissing in marriageHow often do we get encouragement to do something more that will help our marriage — and it’s easy and fun, too? Can you guess what this survey says? Husbands and wives need more kissing in marriage!

How can you pass up this tip?

Almost one in five married couples go without kissing for as long as one week at a time, according to a British study. And when they do kiss, the kiss lasts no longer than five seconds for 40 percent of them.

Wow! What sad news!

YourTango agrees: We need more kissing in marriage!

[quote]How you could go an entire week without kissing your spouse is mind boggling. Granted, these results are based on the British population—the survey was sponsored by the British Heart Foundation—but how different are our countries when it comes to kissing, really? They are the nation that spawned us, after all.[/quote]

There are rays of hope, and models for the rest of us to follow, according to the research.

Five percent of those age 45 and up squeeze in more than 30 kisses per week, which averages out to just over four per day. So, not counting a presumed “good morning” and “good night” kiss, that leaves two others. Even younger couples age 18 to 24—not necessarily married—make some time for romance, with an average of 11 kisses per week, or less than two per day.

So, I’m sure you’re doing it. You’re comparing how you and your spouse rate against these statistics. What about, instead of worrying about that, just resolve to make sure you and your spouse kiss more, period? It may not sound romantic, but what about setting a goal for kissing in marriage? Can you add one kiss a day when the day starts? How about right before dinner?

This is one tip I hope you’ll put in place today. And please, stop back and share whether your own “kissing in marriage” statistics are rising. Now, go forth and kiss!

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