A kiss can be a comma, a question mark or an exclamation point. That’s basic spelling that every woman ought to know. ~Mistinguett
The question I ask whenever it’s time to write the kissing scene is what is the emotional source? Is it love, attraction, curiosity or something else? Is it a test, a challenge or a declaration? What does he hope to prove? What does she hope to achieve? No other kiss is quite like the first kiss. Rejection is always a possibility and for this reason both parties are feeling vulnerable. This is especially true of the hero who usually initiates the kiss. The most important thing of all is this: how does a kiss change their relationship? Ah, the heart flutters in anticipation—because we know that it will . . .
Now that you know a little about the fictional part of a kiss, here’s some facts about real kisses:
- Did you know that kissing prevents wrinkles.? It’s true. Kissing uses twenty-nine face muscles and all that exercise helps keep your skin firm and smooth.
- Kissing for a single minute burns 26 calories. Hitting the lips for an hour sounds like a whole lot more fun than hitting the gym.
- The average woman kisses eighty men before she marries (Harrumph. Now they tell me).
- On average, a person spends two weeks of their lives kissing. (I know I’ve spent at least the amount time writing about kissing. Hey, it’s harder than you’d think.)
- Men who kiss their wives before going to work live on the average five years longer than men who leave slamming doors.
- Is kissing learned or instinctual? No one really knows for sure.
- The film with the most kisses was Don Juan (1926). John Barrymore and Mary Astor share 127 kisses. Don’t believe me? Count them.
- Kissing is good for the teeth. All that extra saliva. . . So if you want to save on dental bills, you now know what to do.
- Kissing releases the same neurotransmitters in the brain as bungee jumping and parachuting. I’ll have to take their word for this because I’m great believer in keeping my feet grounded.