The "six-second kiss rule" ... Looking to reconnect with your partner? How about counting to six while giving them a smooch? Relationship experts say that taking this time for a romantic gesture every day can help boost your and your partner’s happiness and connection. Kissing for six seconds or hugging for 20 seconds triggers the release of oxytocin, which helps couples bond and feel close. And, hey, if you’re really feeling it, you can kiss even longer!