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Kissing: The Hot Love Habit That Makes You Both Happier

We challenged five women to just kiss more. The results?

EXPERIMENT No.5

Kissing more way more

"My husband and I average one peck per week," says Tara, 25. "First we had our daughter. Then we had our son. Kissing over. I miss those hourlong sessions we used to have." But even one good smooch a day can "make you feel an elevated sense of well-being and closeness with your partner for hours," Cane says. Tara put herself on a kiss-a-day diet to see if it would work and reported back.

Day 1Saturday

I move in to kiss him, and before I can pucker up, he says, "What are you doing?" I say, "Kissing you." "Why, where are you going?" he asks. Grrrr.

Day 2Sunday

He wakes up and I plant a wet one on him. Later, I throw my arms around him and give him another kiss. He pauses, then says, "Hey, why don't you marinate the steaks and I'll make 'em for dinner?" He's offering to cook? Hmm... that's new.

Day 3Monday

After work, I drape myself over his lap and pull his face in close. He kisses me twice in return!

Day 4Tuesday

Two "I'm heading to work" kisses this morning, and I swear I notice a little pep in his step. I come home and dinner is on the stove. What. In. The. World? Later he gives me a foot rub on the couch. We head to bed and, um, "catch up" with each other.

Day 5Wednesday

He gives me a list of chores and has them split up between us. His list is twice as long as mine! That night when I'm making dinner, he comes and gives me a long kiss. For awhile, we've only been kissing during foreplay. Peck, peck, off with the clothes! To kiss and not immediately disrobe? That's passion.

Day 6Thursday

We watch a movie and make out on the couch. I Iove how young and silly it makes me feel.

Day 7 Friday

We're off on a weekend trip. As soon as we get to the hotel and put the kids to bed, I tell him about the experiment. "I always like kissing you," he says when I ask if he enjoyed it. "You don't like kissing me. You're always too busy. You shoo me away." I try to protest, but I know he's right.

Two weeks later

We've kissed more in the last two weeks than we have in the past two months. I've been less stressed, and he's still doing more around the house. And our sex life? It's always been good, but now it's electric. We both want it more. Hooray for coordinated libidos!

What men love about kissing

"It's the best excuse to smell my girlfriend, touch her face, and play with her hair. Plus, I love women's lips, especially when they're soft and pillowy." Eric Gale, 33, Philadelphia

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