How to Handle a First Kiss

A first kiss is a big moment in a relationship.A first kiss is a big moment in a relationship.

If you had a successful date, the odds are that you are going to want to kiss at the end of--or even during--the date. A first kiss should come naturally if you are attracted to each other. However, there are a few key tips to follow before you lean in for the first kiss. Bear in mind, though, that overthinking the kiss will make it less pleasant, so run through these quickly and don't dwell on them too much.

Brush your teeth or have a mint beforehand. Your breath is probably fine, but freshen it to build your confidence.

Lick your lips. This will both moisten them and signal to your date that you want to be kissed.

Ensure that you're somewhere private so you don't have to worry about spectators.

Kiss slowly. Don't rush into a passionate, full-throated kiss because you'll catch your date off guard. Rather, start with a standard pursed-lip kiss and slowly move into more passionate territory.

Pull away before your date does. This will leave him or her wanting more.

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About the Author

Sam Grover began writing in 2005, also having worked as a behavior therapist and teacher. His work has appeared in New Zealand publications "Critic" and "Logic," where he covered political and educational issues. Grover graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Arts in history.

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