We all remember our first kiss—it was completely exhilarating, probably awkward, and may have involved braces. But kissing is an age-old practice with significance that extends far beyond just romance. The act of kissing has many meanings and takes many forms—from French kissing and a formal kiss on the cheek, to a kiss hello and a kiss goodbye. No matter which type of kiss you prefer, International Kissing Day on July 6 is the perfect time of year to celebrate this simple but powerful gesture.
International Kissing Day - Survey Results
*** NATIONALTODAY.COM KISS AND TELL SURVEY ***
(survey of 1,000 Americans)
HOW DO AMERICANS RATE THEIR KISSING SKILLS?
#1: “Good” (32%)
#2: “Great” (28%)
#3: “Amazing” (23%)
#4: “Okay” (16%)
#5: “Horrible” (2%)
HOW DO AMERICANS RATE THEIR PARTNERS?
#1: “Amazing” (27%)
#2: “Great” (27%)
#3: “Good” (26%)
#4: “Okay” (12%)
#5: “Horrible” (2%)
AMERICANS RANK THE WORST ATTRIBUTES OF A BAD KISSER
#1: Bad breath (58%)
#2: Too much tongue (20%)
#3: Teeth (10%)
#4: Not enough tongue (6%)
#5: Eye contact (6%)
WHEN DID THE AVERAGE AMERICAN HAVE THEIR FIRST KISS?
#1: Middle School (36%)
#2: High School (26%)
#3: Elementary School (22%)
#4: 18-21 (8%)
#5: 21-25 (2%)
#6: 25-30 or after 30 (1%)
2% OF AMERICANS HAVE NEVER BEEN KISSED
The majority of them (62%) are men who are between the ages of 18-24 (54%) or 25-34 (31%).
AMERICAN’S TOP KISSING QUIRKS:
#1: Always checking their breath before they kiss someone (42%)
#2: Kissing someone as a dare (31%)
#3: Letting my pet kiss me on the mouth (14%)
#4: Putting on chapstick to get ready (12%)
#5: Being grossed out when parents kiss in front of them (11%)
International Kissing Day Activities
1. Give someone you love a kiss
Whether it's your significant other, your mom, or your best friend, remind someone how much you love them with a kiss. Just remember: even though you might want to kiss someone, it doesn't mean they want you to be kissed by you—keep it consensual.
2. Snack on Hershey's Kisses
Did you know that Hershey's Kisses fit perfectly into your puckered lips? Although no one knows exactly why they're called Hershey's Kisses, legend has it they were named after the sound the chocolate makes when it's dropping onto the conveyer belt. How romantic!
3. Kiss everyone hello on both cheeks
In many cultures (particularly French), it is common practice to peck people once on both cheeks as a greeting. Try it on your friends and colleagues. But pecks only, please—no tongue!
Why We Love International Kissing Day
A. It's a full face workout
Did you know that French kissing engages all 34 muscles in the face, whereas a simple pucker kiss only involves two? Who needs the gym when a make-out session will get our hearts racing and our muscles working?
B. Kissing makes us happy and relieves stress
Kissing serves as a natural relaxer that makes us feel happy and at peace. By stimulating our brain to release feel-good chemicals, kissing makes us feel both calm and excited at the same time.
C. Kissing crosses language and cultural boundaries
Kissing is a cross-cultural form of communication that means the same things in every country—regardless of language, ethnicity, or religion. By kissing, you can communicate complex emotions without having to exchange any words with your kissing partner.