Hang up more mistletoe! Canadians want to kiss more this holiday season, according to a new survey.
Nearly half of those surveyed said that they don't get to kiss as often as they would like, even though 75% of participants said that kissing helps them develop deeper connections and 65% said it boosts their confidence.
One of the major obstacles to kissing: A concern about dry and chapped lips, amongst other factors, such as not having the opportunity, a hectic lifestyle and showing affection in other ways.
Toronto-based relationship expert Dr. Karyn Gordon says the study highlights the benefits of kissing that we shouldn’t underestimate since kissing is such an integral part to forming bonds with loved ones.
“When we feel great, we are more inclined to make an effort connecting with others,” said Gordon.
Gordon adds that it’s interesting to consider how little emphasis we place on the keeping our lips in as good of a condition as the rest of our bodies. She says the lips are a body part that can often get neglected, but shouldn’t be.
The survey by Leger Marketing for POLYSPORIN, which has launched a new lip treatment product, polled 1,051 women and men ages 18 years or older about their attitudes toward kissing.
Here are some tips from Dr. Gordon to help you fit more kissing into your daily routine:
Life is busy. Families are running around on hectic schedules and in the winter we tend to hibernate rather than connect with others. Canadians admit to feeling good when they kiss, so it's a great solution to the winter blues.
Take Care of Yourself
Winter is the time of year when we tend to get run down and aren’t feeling our best. Be sure to take care of yourself with enough sleep, good nutrition, drinking a lot of water and ample rest to ensure you are kissable.
Make it a Priority
Look for opportunities to kiss your spouse, kids and significant others every day.
There are a variety of different situations where you may kiss others this holiday season, from family dinners, work parties, friend’s parties or even a New Year’s Eve gathering. Before your gathering, think ahead about how you want to greet others and decide if a kiss - and what kind of kiss - is appropriate.