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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

“X” = Kiss! – Did You Know. . .

Filed under: Kissing,Romantic Kiss,Romantic Tips! — Larry James @ 7:00 am

How did the “X” sign begin to represent a kiss?

kissmeThis tradition started with the Medieval practice of allowing those who could not write to sign documents with an “X”. This was done before witnesses, and the signer placed a kiss upon the “X” to show sincerity.

The use of “XOXO” goes back to the use of an X or cross, which was considered as good as a sworn oath in times before most people could write and therefore used the X in the same way a signature is used today – a mark of one’s word.

This is how the kiss came to be synonymous with the letter “X”, and how the “X” came to be commonly used at the end of letters as kiss symbols.

The origins of the “O” as a hug are not generally known, although it is speculated that it may represent the arms wrapped around someone being hugged.

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Copyright © 2011 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” Larry James is a professional speaker, author, relationship coach and a nondenominational minister. He performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Need Some Lip Lessons?

Filed under: Kissing,Romantic Kiss,Romantic Tips! — Larry James @ 6:00 am
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It’s never too late to learn how to kiss. I mean. . . really kiss. Enduring a terrible kiss can be more than just unpleasant. It can add tension to intimate moments, or worse, end a great romance before it even starts. Any day is a good excuse for pucker practice.

Have you ever stopped to think what a kiss really does? A warm and tender kiss triggers endorphins and melts away tension. It brings us back into the moment. It also restores energy, cultivates profound closeness and contributes to a fulfilling, loving relationship. Kissing is meant to be fun.

kissA kiss has been described as the height of voluptuousness. It has a lovely, luscious and lusty legacy. Two pairs of lips are for kissing. It is an essential element for communicating love and affection in your relationship.

I would venture to say that everyone has been guilty of kissing with only a very small awareness of the moment. A snappy, routine peck doesn’t cut it. It conveys the message that this is all the time I have for you right now. Is that anyway to nurture a healthy relationship?

kissykissyA quick puckering up for a fast smooch suggests that you have a predetermined few seconds for a kiss instead of letting it evolve into a meaningful moment. Remember this: Kissing should be more than a prelude to intimacy. Make it a romantic kiss. Open your lips… but only slightly. Let the kiss develop itself, don’t force it.

A kiss speaks many different meanings to its lover; when it is missing, many interpretations as to the reasons for its absence surface. These interpretations can become invisible wedges that prevent love from expressing.

When love is present, kissing is an important part of expressing that love. Pay attention to it. Breathe. Relax. Slow down. Concentrate and engage the electricity in your body.

Check your breath. If you are intending to kiss someone for the first time then avoid strong foods like onion, garlic or strong flavors, unless of course your partner has been indulging in the same foods. Brush your teeth and use mouthwash. If in doubt about your breath, suck a breath mint. But remember to have swallowed it before you start kissing, or your partner will be very surprised, particularly if they don’t like mint.

If your lips are cracked and dry, they won’t feel nice to kiss. Try using lip balm regularly, and lick your lips to make them a little moist just before, as this will make the kiss easier.

kissing school bookIn her book, “Kissing School: Seven Lessons on love, Lips and Life Force,” Cherie Byrd says, “Surprise your partner with a slow, luxuriant kiss. Place your hands on his/her face, and gently turn it toward you. Look into his/her eyes and take two deep breaths – as though you are drinking in the essence of your partner. Continue to look into each others eyes as you draw his/her face closer. Feel your connection to each other throughout your whole body. Don’t kiss yet – instead, revel in your partner’s nearness and enjoy the tease and the hunger that precede the actual kiss. Finally, gently embrace your partner’s lips by wrapping both your lips around on his/hers. Keep breathing as you let your whole body sense the tenderness between you.” NOTE: Visit Cherie’s Website!

Sound good? It sure does to me. When you are kissing, notice any urge to sigh, murmur or even moan. Let go. Make a little noise. Match your partner’s breathing. This can create a deep sense of connection.

Byrd says, “As kissing continues, use your lips and tongue to invite your beloved’s tongue to come and play. Kisses, like your breath, your touch and your connection, become more fully and deeply engaged s you share your energy back and forth.”

didyouknowHere are 7 factoids about kissing I bet you didn’t know:

1. Kissing stimulates over 30 facial muscles which smooths out skin and increase blood circulation to the face. It burns 12 calories per five-second episode and three passionate kisses a day will help you lose one pound!

2. The longest kiss in movie history was between Jane Wyman and Regis Tommey in the 1941 film, You’re in the Army Now. It lasted 3 minutes and 5 seconds.

3. Did you know that the average person spends 336 hours of their life puckering up?

4. Kissing is good for what ails you. Research shows that the act of smooching improves our skin, helps circulation, prevents tooth decay, and can even relieve headaches.

5. Kissing stabilizes cardiovascular activity, decreases high blood pressure, and lowers cholesterol.

6. Kissing prevents cavities and plaque build-up by stimulating saliva production while preventing gingivitis through the calcium present in saliva.

7. Kissing does its part to vaccinate people from new germs. Saliva contains bacteria, 80% of them are common to all people with 20% unique to each person. By sharing saliva with a partner, you are stimulating your immune system to respond to the different bacteria you are being exposed to. The result is that your immune system creates certain anti-bodies to these new bacteria, which in effect vaccinates you against these germs. This process is called cross-immunotherapy.

The next time you want to give your sweetheart the perfect gift, may I suggest that you use your lips to speak to your sweetheart instead of your wallet. Actions speak louder than words!

Kiss someone you love today!

BONUS Articles: “X” = Kiss! – Did You Know. . .
The 9 Best Kisses in the Rain or Snow

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Copyright © 2010 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” Larry James is a professional speaker, author, relationship coach and a nondenominational minister. He performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere.

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

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Saturday, November 11, 2006

The Romantic Kiss

Filed under: Kissing,Romantic Kiss,Romantic Tips! — Larry James @ 12:53 am

10885614_10152448980636512_5867767450222082201_nA kiss has been described as the height of voluptuousness. It has a lovely, luscious and lusty legacy.

Kissing is an act of quiet intimacy and often borders on the erotic. It can be brief and cool or lengthy and hot.

It can be highly romantic, building to a succulent crescendo of emotion and passion or passed off as something that is expected and therefore no big deal.

Any day is a good excuse for pucker practice.

Two pairs of lips are for kissing. It is an essential element for communicating love and affection in your relationship.

A kiss is a secret told to the mouth instead of the ear; kisses are the messengers of love and tenderness.

“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.” – Ingrid Bergman

A kiss speaks many different meanings to its lover; when it is missing, many interpretations as to the reasons for its absence surface. These interpretations can become invisible wedges that prevent love from expressing.

kiss-closeupWhen love is present, kissing is an important part of expressing that love. Pay attention to it. Breathe. Relax. Slow down. Concentrate and engage the electricity in your body.

Kissing does not always have to be a prelude to making love.

Happiness is like a kiss – in order to get any good out of it, you have to give it to someone else.

THEkissA kiss is a pleasant reminder that two heads are better than one.

This story from Pravda, the Russian News Service, shows that even in the former Soviet Union, couples are rediscovering what we refer to as “The Mighty Kiss”.

In case you thought the kiss was little more than a “romantic handshake”, we’ve decided to let you in on a little Russian research that shows that the kiss is so much more than a mere gateway to romantic expression. Here are just a few of the powerful effects the might kiss will have on you!

Kissing stabilizes cardiovascular activity, decreases high blood pressure, and lowers cholesterol.

The average person spends 336 hours of his or her life kissing.

Kissing prevents cavities and plaque build-up by stimulating saliva production while preventing gingivitis through the calcium present in saliva.

Kissing stimulates over 30 facial muscles which smoothes out skin and increase blood circulation to the face.

Kissing burns 12 calories per five-second episode and three passionate kisses a day will help you lose one pound!

“Kissing is a means of getting two people so close together that they can’t see anything wrong with each other.” – Gene Yasenak

Kissing prevents the formation of the stress hormone glucocorticoids which causes high blood pressure, muscle weakening and insomnia.

Kissing does its part to vaccinate people from new germs. Saliva contains bacteria, 80% of them are common to all people with 20% unique to each person. By sharing saliva with a partner, you are stimulating your immune system to respond to the different bacteria you are being exposed to. The result is that your immune system creates certain anti-bodies to these new bacteria, which in effect vaccinates you against these germs. This process is called cross-immunotherapy.

Finally, you may not be surprised to know that kissing offers an express analysis of genetic compatibility. While you are kissing, your brain conducts instant chemical analysis of your partner’s saliva and issues a “verdict” of your genetic compatibility. Think about it. Don’t you know much more about what you like or don’t like in a person after one kiss? And kissing is much more fun than taking a relationship inventory!

Oh, did we mention kissing also cures hiccups?

The next time you want to give your sweetheart the perfect gift, may I suggest that you use your lips to speak to your sweetheart instead of your wallet. Actions speak louder than words!

Kiss someone you love today!

BONUS Articles: Need Some Lip Lessons?
“X” = Kiss! – Did You Know. . .
The 9 Best Kisses in the Rain or Snow

Copyright © 2007 – Larry James. This idea is adapted from Larry’s books, “How to Really Love the One You’re With: Affirmative Guidelines for a Healthy Love Relationship,” “LoveNotes for Lovers: Words That Make Music for Two Hearts Dancing” and “Red Hot LoveNotes for Lovers.” Larry James is a professional speaker, author, relationship coach and a nondenominational minister. He performs the most “Romantic” wedding ceremony you will find anywhere.

Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateLove.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateLove.com and CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

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