Go Get Your (Healthy) Smooch On

Let’s be honest, kissing is one of the best parts of dating! Your eyes lock, your lips finally meet. A kiss can tell you so many things about the person in front of you — they can be life-altering, sexual, awkward, disappointing, amazing, intense… we have all experienced one of these. On another note, kissing is not only very fun, it can be healthy, too.

“Sex, as wonderful as it is, can be perfunctory,” Andréa Demirjian, author of “Kissing: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about One of Life’s Sweetest Pleasures,” told CNN. “Kissing is intimate: You’re right there in the space of your soul. It gets to the core of your heart and spirit because it’s such a lovely way to express and receive love and affection. A kiss a day really can keep the doctor away.”

Here are 8 reasons you should be getting your smooch on, via CNN.

Kissing helps reduce your blood pressure

“Kissing passionately gets your heartbeat revved in a healthy way that helps lower your blood pressure,” says Demirjian. “It dilates your blood vessels — blood is flowing in a good, solid fashion and getting to all your vital organs.

Kissing helps get rid of your cramps and headaches

“Kissing is great if you have a headache or menstrual cramps,” says Demirjian. “Honey, I have a headache. Come kiss me!”


Kissing fights your cavities

“When you’re kissing, you’re secreting more saliva in your mouth,” says Demirjian. “That’s the mechanism that washes away the plaque on your teeth that leads to cavities.”


Kissing accelerates your happy hormones

“If you’re feeling stressed or rundown, a little kissing or lovemaking [is] actually the elixir you need to… feel better,” says Demirjian. “It will relax, restore and revitalize you… The feel-good chemicals in the brain get percolating: serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin — things you can get from the rush of exercising.”


Kissing burns off calories

“Kissing and lovemaking can be a vigorous exercise if you’re fully engaged,” Demirjian says. “You need to have a passionate kiss [in order to burn those calories], but it doesn’t have to be a 10-hour make-out session.”


Kissing boosts your self-esteem

“If he leaves his home happy, he’s more productive at work because he’s not feeling emotionally distressed, so he’s going to make more money,” explains Demirjian. “Kissing has so much to do with your self-esteem and feeling loved and connected.”


Kissing can give you a facelift

“Your mouth has a number of facial muscles,” she says. “When those are engaged in kissing, you can tighten and tone them.


Kissing helps you understand if you are sexually compatible

“Sometimes during the first kiss, people are feeling awkward, nervous or embarrassed,” she says. “That might not breed the most seductive, sexy experience.”


So, what are you waiting for? Go get your kiss on. Health benefits galore!

H/t CNN.


This NYC Pride Proposal Will Make Your Day

After a devastating few weeks for the LGBTQ community in light of the Orlando massacre, Sunday’s Pride march came at a passionate time. New York City law enforcement planned for the largest Pride march in the cities history and amidst the mourning a beautiful moment was captured below.

“This parade is monumental for us because of the Orlando shooting. It hit really close to home. We wanted to walk in the parade in honor of the 49 victims, said FDNY EMT Julianna Arroyo, from Station 20 in the Bronx. “At the same time, I wanted to give [girlfriend, now-fiancée] Erika something positive to remember from the parade.”

Erika was surprised, and the crowd was overjoyed. Love is love, and love is so good! Congratulations to the happy couple!


Interview With CEO Of POZ Dating App

ATTITUDE.CO.UK – June 28 – Dating app POZ was created when Andrew Goyvaerts realised there were so few places that HIV positive people could meet someone to date without fear of stigma and rejection upon disclosure of their status.

Q: How did POZ come about?
A: It was launched in March but it’s a concept I came up with two years ago after my bad experiences with mainstream dating apps.

Q: Is POZ solely directed at HIV positive people?
A: It is for people with HIV, but we can’t stop anyone who doesn’t have HIV from joining.

Q: What kind of difference do you think POZ will make for HIV-positive people who are looking to forge relationships?
A: It’s putting the ball back in the court of people living with HIV. That’s something I used to feel using mainstream apps: that the ball wasn’t in my court, because even if the person is alright with your diagnosis, I always felt I was starting off owing that person something for accepting it. This app will also be good for people in rural areas.

Q: The app’s been out for a few weeks now. What’s the reaction been like?
A: There have been some concerns that it might be kind of segregating in a way. I think of it less as segregation and more as community-building.

See full article at Attitude Magazine

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Banfi Wines And Zoosk Partner For Wine Tasting Singles Events

BUSINESS WIRE – June 27 – Castello Banfi, Italy’s premier wine estate and Zoosk have partnered for wine tasting speed dating events in Houston, Washington, LA, Chicago and Miami. After the speed-dating, Zoosk is offering an exclusive three-month subscription to each guest.

See full article at BusinessWire

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„Happy Couple“ App Aims To Improve Relationships

MARKETWIRED – June 27 – Happy Couple is a new relationship app that helps those who have recently started dating, as well as others already in committed relationships, expand their knowledge of each other. Happy Couple uses daily quizzes, tips and challenges that are written by co-founder and best-selling author and relationship expert, Dr. Lonnie Barbach.

See full article at MarketWatch

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