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The Meaning of a Forehead Kiss: What Makes This Kiss So Special?

A forehead kiss, the sweetest way to say goodnight, or the most platonic way to end a date? What is the meaning behind a forehead kiss?

Forehead Kiss

When I was little, I longed more for a forehead kiss than an actual kiss on the lips. I had seen it done in movies and thought it was the most adorable thing ever. And I wasn’t alone. The thing is, most of us never knew what the meaning of a forehead kiss was.

Do we now?

I never thought a relationship was official until I had that cute forehead kiss. I even asked a boyfriend to do it more because I liked it so much. Many people value this type of kiss above others, and I think it has everything to do with the meaning. [Read: How to kiss passionately]

Different kisses have specific meanings

Not all kisses are created equal. I think that much anyone can figure out. A kiss on the cheek is much different than a French kiss. And that means each kiss has a specific meaning.

For instance, a kiss on the cheek from a handsome man after a first date is different than a kiss on the cheek from your friend’s great aunt.

However, with a forehead kiss, it will generally mean the same thing. [Read: 19 types of gross kisses that you’ll never want]

What a forehead kiss means

A forehead kiss is more than the kiss your dad gave you when tucking you into bed at night. It is intimate. With that, it’s sweet when platonic, but so much more when romantic.

It is a nonsexual way to physically show love and attraction. A forehead kiss means more than a greeting, but rather, it is a gesture that lends itself to more feeling.

The forehead kiss shows closeness more than chemistry. It doesn’t signify a relationship the way a kiss on the lips or even sex can. Instead, it reveals an admiration for the mind and soul of the other. [Read: Are soulmates real? How to recognize your soulmate]

Why a forehead kiss means so much

If you’re a fan of forehead kisses, you’re not alone. For some reason, everyone loves them and wants to get them from the people closest to them.

Here’s what it means when you get a forehead kiss and also why it’s so special.

1. It shows they’re thinking about you

A forehead kiss is fantastic because it’s a very small gesture that shows your partner is thinking about you in a cute way. This isn’t to show that they’re thinking about how great your butt looks in your jeans.

They’re thinking about you and how much they care about you. When they’re in that mindset, a kiss on the forehead is what helps them get those thoughts across to you. [Read: All the signs your ex is still thinking about you]

2. It shows an emotional connection

Kissing on the forehead has absolutely nothing to do with anything sexual. Your parents and friends and grandparents can kiss you on the forehead and it wouldn’t be inappropriate in the slightest.

And that’s because a forehead kiss is about emotions, all emotions. Someone who feels emotionally fond or close to you at that moment can plant a small kiss on your forehead.

3. It’s a quick way to show appreciation

If you want to make your relationship work with anyone, you need to show some form of appreciation. You can’t expect them to stick around if you don’t appreciate them.

Your partner and the people in your life know this. Physical intimacy is one of the best ways to express that appreciation. That’s why they give you a small kiss on your forehead. It’s a very quick way to say, “I appreciate you,” without actually saying anything. [Read: 25 ways to show your appreciation without saying anything]

4. It’s more intimate than a simple kiss on the cheek

A kiss on the cheek is more common amongst family and friends, whereas a forehead kiss is definitely seen more between a couple. You can kiss a stranger or even a coworker on the cheek. A kiss on the forehead has a much more intimate meaning.

It shows a deeper connection to someone when you give them a forehead kiss. And that’s what makes it extra special. It’s a cute, simple way to be intimate without being gross.

5. It shows you their commitment to you

This may be something that isn’t as obvious, but it’s definitely accurate. When someone kisses you on the forehead – especially in front of other people – they’re showing you how committed to you they are.

They’re basically telling you that they care about you and are in it for the long haul. It’s a lovely, romantic kiss that means a lot even to the person doing the kissing. Usually, you wouldn’t kiss someone on the forehead if you didn’t have deep feelings for them. [Read: 14 signs to know if you’re just dating or in a relationship]

6. It makes you feel loved

This is one of the top reasons a forehead kiss means so much to you. It makes you feel loved and appreciated in such a subtle way. It isn’t obvious like a kiss on the lips. In fact, it can be so subtle you may not even realize how much you like it at first.

But then you’ll notice when you don’t get those kisses, and you’ll miss them. The feeling of love and appreciation you get is addicting, and it’ll help solidify your relationship.

7. It forges a deeper bond

When you’re constantly getting the attention and appreciation you need, your relationship can grow and you can strengthen your bond. And forehead kisses do just that.

It may be something small and simple, but it has a very drastic effect on your relationship. Without that feeling of love, you end up questioning your relationship and even your partner’s intentions. [Read: How to build stronger emotional bonds with people]

8. It’s a simple form of PDA

PDA isn’t for everyone. While some couples think it’s fine, others don’t at all. And truthfully, that can become an issue if you and your significant other have differing opinions.

That’s why forehead kisses are great. Yes, they are PDA, but they’re very subtle and even tasteful. This is a loving way to say goodbye at a train station. It is a romantic yet classy way to share your love in public. You can easily compromise with a forehead kiss, and it’ll show how much your partner cares for you in a public setting. And to some people, that is essential.

9. It’s a nonsexual way of showing their attraction to you

It’s perfectly fine to be attracted to someone sexually and to show that attraction, but sometimes it’s better to show them how much you like them without the sexual side.

That’s why your partner gives you forehead kisses and why they’re so special. They’re showing how much they care about you in a nonsexual matter. Kissing the head itself shows a love of the mind. And for some people who may think all their partner wants is sex, it can be a powerful thing. [Read: 16 nonsexual touches to feel connected and loved]

10. It’s more meaningful because they know you like it

How often do you do something specifically because your partner likes it? Not because you do, but because you know they do?

If your significant other is aware of how much you enjoy those forehead kisses and they do it simply because of that, it’s pretty special to you. Knowing they care about making you happy is a big part of a successful relationship.

11. It isn’t intense

A kiss on the lips can be confusing. Not only that, but it can put a lot of pressure on. Will it lead to sex? Does it mean more than you want it to?

A kiss on the forehead shows what a kiss on the lips can, but without the unanswered and unspoken questions. [Read: How to stop putting so much pressure on a relationship]

12. It gives you that feeling

What feeling? Well, that warm and fuzzy feeling. A forehead kiss bonds you and releases hormones that just make you feel good.

Feeling safe and loved is one of the most amazing parts of relationships. Having some so simple mean so much shouldn’t be taken for granted.

13. It means something for them too

A kiss on the forehead doesn’t just mean something to the receiver, but the giver as well. The person giving that forehead kiss is getting their feelings across in an intimate way.

They are sharing their love and care for that person. It releases a lot of emotions even though it is such a small act. [Read: Small yet powerful gestures that show love]

14. It could mean a change

This isn’t meant to be negative, but sometimes a kiss on the forehead can mean things have changed. If you normally kiss on the lips and things have shifted upwards, it could mean sexual feelings are fleeting.

A forehead kiss, although often shared romantically, can also be platonic. It is a kiss often shared after a difficult but mutual break up. It can mean there is still love and care there, but it isn’t what it used to be.

15. It shows protection

A kiss on the forehead is a sign of protection. When you kiss someone like this, you are looking out for them. you want them to be okay and you want to be there for them.

[Read: How to make your first kiss the most amazing one yet]

The meaning of a forehead kiss is simple yet deep and intimate yet sweet. Is there anything better?

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Annabel Rodgers
Annabel is a lifestyle writer, cheese enthusiast (Wisconsin native over here) and fantasy adventure author-in-progress who enjoys all things love, dog,...