This Christmas Season, consider taking the Mistletoe Challenge! Kissing under the mistletoe is an ancient tradition, and one that many continue to embrace over the Christmas Holiday’s. The Celtic Druids were the first people to use Mistletoe as a part of their traditions. They believed mistletoe had sacred powers including the ability to heal illnesses, increase fertility, protect against nightmares, and even increase sexual desire. The tradition of kissing under the mistletoe started in ancient Greece during the festival of Saturnalia and later in marriage ceremonies. During the Roman era, enemies at war would reconcile their differences under the mistletoe, which to them represented peace.
In my coaching practice working with couples I have observed that many marriages would benefit from more kissing. Frequently couples fall into the “quick peck” kissing pattern. The quick peck pattern is the hello and goodbye kiss that last two seconds. According to the March 2014 issue of Psychology Today new research found major advantages to couples who kiss on a regular basis. A major study this past year proved that there is a correlation between the frequency of kissing and marital satisfaction. They also found correlations between increased kissing and lower stress, lower cholesterol, and higher esteem. The benefits are conclusive. So this Holiday season consider taking a kissing challenge.
Here is the challenge
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