The Candid Kissing Experiment

I love magazines. Love them. I could read them one after the other non-stop. When I go to other peoples’ houses, I spy out their magazine selection and like to nonchalantly pilfer through the glossy pages while we chat or hang out. You know, all casual style like I’m not about to tuck it under my arm and never return.

However, I only have a few subscriptions. Over the years, I have tried out several (and I’m always willing to try another!), but I know which ones I like enough to read every month – rather than just while at others’ homes once inΒ  a while.

Right now, Redbook is my absolute favorite. I find they are fairly down-to-earth as magazines go, and they are very supporting of strong marriages. I like that. πŸ™‚ I usually read the thing from cover to cover.

One of the latest months (February I think – sometimes I’m a tad behind) had an article called “the kissing project.” Ooo, right up my alley. Here are some stats they specified. Be prepared for shock and awe. (These are direct quotes.)

  • 58% of readers don’t smooch their husbands as much as they used to
  • 24% say they only kiss their partner as a lead-up to sex
  • 79% of readers said they don’t kiss their husbands nearly as much as they’d like
  • 14% said they’re lucky to [kiss] once a day

How many of these stats do you fall into? I fall into EVERY.SINGLE.ONE. Boo on me. And Brad!

Why is it that when we are dating or engaged, it feels like we can’t (or don’t want to, depending on who you are) keep our hands off of our mate, but once we get married, we stop touching?

Or maybe that was just us?

No, I don’t think we’re alone. I also can tell that this is 100% my issue. Brad would kiss all day if I let him. So why have I created an environment where we aren’t kissing?

As part of the article, Redbook had 5 couples perform different kissing experiments, including lots of PDA, upping the amount of kissing, and kissing without leading to sex. Let’s do our own experiment, shall we? Could be … fun… :):)

I challenge you (and myself!) to kiss your husband (singles, you are excluded from this experiment! :)) at least 3 times a day for the next two weeks. (Gosh, I sound pathetic having to challenge myself to do this.) But these can’t be your peck-like kisses. These have to be your most intimate kisses – which is different for everyone, so pick your poison.

In two weeks, I will share my results and hope you will share yours!

So, are you game? Let me know in the comments if you accept my challenge!

P.S. It’s Brad’s 30th birthday today – happy birthday babe! This post is my gift to you. πŸ˜‰ And I had an awesome time on our date Saturday. I’m more in love with you today than when we were married almost 8 years ago.
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16 thoughts on “The Candid Kissing Experiment

  1. Mariposa

    Since I haven’t even been married a year yet, my hubby and I still kiss quite often. Actually, we have this little thing were we kiss 3 times in a row each time. Just one never feels complete. IDK why… So, your challenge will be easy for me. Maybe I will do 3 sets of 3. lol

  2. Kristen @ Joyfullythriving

    I read the same article, and so sadly, fall into some of those same categories. I don’t why! Well, my husband says it’s because once we’re married, the “other” fun parts of marriage take precedent over kissing! πŸ˜‰ True, but I like kissing, too. We’ll see if I can make this challenge work, without telling my husband!

  3. Stephanie Post author

    Yay! I’m glad we have so many participants! Day 1 went very well around here. πŸ˜‰

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  5. martha brady

    i’m in too. life has been pretty busy for us lately including competing schedules-UGH! i’ve been trying to work on this a bit. this challenge will help. today, er yesterday now, was MY husband’s b’day-73 for him! this should be fun:)

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  8. Erin

    Man I am the exact.same.way. Adam would kiss all day but I am much more standoffish. Bless our hubbies for being so patient and understanding with us!

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  10. Brenda

    Just ran across this, the timing was interesting as I was thinking about kissing the other day. I actually thought how much do I actually kiss my hubby? Then I ran across this challenge. How did it go??? I will be starting this in my home as well!

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