Of all the types of kisses, steamy hot ones or slow and gentle, forehead kisses hit the spot like nothing else.
When a guy kisses your forehead, it certainly evokes completely different feelings to when he kisses your lips…mixed with love there are elements of comfort, safety, and relaxation.
I don’t know a girl who doesn’t love them, but you wouldn’t be alone in wondering what it really means when a guy kisses your forehead.
The truth is, there are different meanings (the forehead kiss just got a whole lot more interesting, right?) and we’re going to cover everything it means and more.
Why do forehead kisses feel so great?
I’m a big fan of forehead kisses.
I think forehead kisses make me melt more than the ones planted on my lips – there’s something very warm and cozy about a guy gently pressing his lips against the forehead, lingering there for a minute and then slowly pulling away.
Or, there’s the other type, a quick short burst of kisses on your forehead, almost like what you’d give to a child or a cute pet. These are more playful, but they still feel amazing.
So why do forehead kisses feel so dreamy and good?
One of the reasons might stem back to our childhoods. Parents, grandparents, and even siblings may kiss one another on the forehead, especially at bedtime or when the child is feeling unwell.
What it shows is a heck load of love, sympathy, comfort, and affection, and this stays with us into adulthood.
Now, as an adult, when your partner kisses your forehead all those lovely feelings come rushing back. It’s no wonder they’re addictive!
They comfort you and make you feel safe.
Another reason forehead kisses feel so great is that there isn’t a sexual element to them.
When a guy kisses your forehead, he’s not usually hinting at sex like if he kisses your lips or your body. It’s this non-sexualization of it that makes it feel even more special, because you know he’s doing it out of genuine love and care.
There’s also the interesting concept of the pineal gland.
Kissing this area activates the gland (which is placed in the lower center of the forehead) it is believed that when kissed, it releases hormones like melatonin, which helps you sleep.
The pineal gland is also seen as the “Third-Eye”, or the gateway to the soul. So essentially, when a guy kisses your forehead, he’s connecting his soul with yours.
And the final reason forehead kisses are awesome?
They make you feel respected. As we’re going to cover below, forehead kisses are the ultimate sign of respect.
Whether you’ve just started dating or you’ve been together for years, his kiss on your forehead shows that you mean a lot to him and he holds you in high regard.
So now we’ve covered why they feel so great, let’s look at what forehead kisses from a guy means:
What do forehead kisses mean?
1) He respects you
Is there a better feeling than knowing your significant other respects you?
It’s an essential part of any relationship or friendship, and knowing that you have someone’s respect can go a long way in making you feel good about yourself and the relationship.
And sometimes this can take you by surprise, especially if you’ve just started hooking up with someone. Maybe you’re friends with benefits, but one day instead of rushing you into bed, he puts his arms around and plants one right on your forehead.
Suddenly, the game has changed. He’s showing his respect for you in a non-verbal way (which in my opinion is the best kind), and that he can be a gentleman and respect your wishes.
2) He cares about you
If you’ve had a bad day or you’re feeling under the weather, a forehead kiss is an effective way to show you he cares.
The truth is:
If he feels like his words can’t soothe you when you’re feeling down, he’ll go for the next best option – a warm, comforting kiss on the forehead.
It’s his way of showing that you mean a lot to him and he’s by your side whatever you’re going through (and let’s face it, sometimes you might not be in the mood to talk, so a forehead kiss makes up for it).
Caring about you like this is a tell-tale sign of the hero instinct.
If you haven’t heard of the hero instinct before, it’s a new concept in relationship psychology that’s become extremely popular.
According to the hero instinct, men are driven to care for a woman. Not every woman they come across, but the one they have serious feelings for. They want to step up to the plate for her and make sure she’s okay.
This is deeply rooted in male biology.
Although a gentle forehead kiss may seem innocuous, it’s actually him trying to be your everyday hero.
The best part is that you can actually trigger the hero instinct in your guy.
There are words you can say, texts you can send, and little requests you can make to trigger this very natural instinct in him.
To learn exactly what they are, watch this excellent free video about the hero instinct.
I don’t often buy into popular new concepts in psychology or recommend videos. But if you want your guy to commit to a relationship with you, I think learning about the hero instinct can make all the difference.
3) He loves you for more than just your body
And that leads us nicely onto this second point – a forehead kiss can show that he values you more than just physically.
It can also be a way of making you feel secure in the relationship. If you’re not worrying that he’s just using you for your body, you’re free to enjoy hanging out knowing there are no hidden agendas.
Here’s the thing:
When a guy forehead kisses you, it’s not the same as when he makes out with you. There’s less sexual satisfaction involved for him, so it shows that he genuinely feels affection for you and wants nothing more than your company.
He loves you for who you are, and a forehead kiss proves it.
4) You share a deep connection
Now, if you’re lucky enough to have found someone with who you share a deep, powerful bond, there’s a good chance he’ll express his love through forehead kisses.
Maybe it goes back to the idea of the souls connecting through the “Third Eye”, you share a connection and when he kisses your forehead, he gets to soak in all of you and truly experience the love you share.
Think about it this way:
The positioning is close – he’s standing right in front of you. His arms are probably wrapped around you and he can look deep into your eyes.
As he kisses your forehead, you feel instantly connected with him.
It’s an act of such intimacy and love, and even when it’s a quick forehead kiss when he passes by you, it shows how strong his feelings are for you.
5) He wants to comfort you
Whether you’re dealing with period pains or a stressful day, if he’s all about the forehead kisses, he’s trying his best to comfort you.
He knows that not only will it make you relax, but you’ll unwind and get things off your chest. His goal is to make you feel as calm as possible and take away whatever is troubling you.
And for better or worse, he might even do it after an argument.
If he’s messed up and he wants to reinforce his apology, he might kiss your forehead to show his remorse and to comfort you because he knows you’re upset.
And even better?
If he kisses your forehead after you’ve messed up and argued, it shows that he cares more about comforting you and resolving your issues rather than holding a grudge…(if this happens, you’re on to a keeper!).
6) He wants to protect you
When you’re afraid, even if it’s just because of the scary film you shouldn’t have watched two nights ago, he’ll make you feel safe by kissing your forehead.
Just like putting his arm around you when you cross the road or giving you his jacket when you’re cold, he wants you to know that you can rely on him for protection.
After all, who doesn’t want to feel secure with their partner?
And, if you’re not already a couple, the fact that he’s giving you forehead kisses shows that he likes you more than a friend.
You might not have confessed your feelings towards each other yet, but that doesn’t stop him from wanting to make you feel protected and safe when he’s around.
Protecting you like this is another sign of the hero instinct.
I know it sounds a bit silly. In modern times, women don’t need a “hero” to protect them.
And I couldn’t agree more.
But here’s the ironic truth. Men do still need to feel like they are a hero. Because it’s built into their biology to seek out a relationship with a woman that makes them feel like one..
How can you make him feel like more of an everyday hero?
The best thing to do is to watch this free online video.
James Bauer, the relationship psychologist who first coined this term, gives a terrific introduction to his game-changing concept. He reveals the simple things you can do starting today to trigger this very natural male instinct.
7) He finds you cute
There’s something about cuteness.
Whether it’s your boyfriend when he wakes up all innocent and sleepy or your adorable pet cat, there’s no denying that cuteness attracts lots of affection.
And forehead kisses are the ultimate sign of affection.
So, when a guy kisses your forehead, it’s because can’t resist you. He finds you adorable and he just can’t get enough of kissing your entire face over (but especially the forehead).
Plus, it gives him a chance to inhale that sweet smell of your shampoo, the perfume he loves so much, and all your natural scents that make him feel at home.
And let’s face it:
It makes you feel cute, right?
There’s something about a guy kissing your forehead that just makes you want to melt, and he’s showing you how lovable and sweet you are.
8) He wants to show his love
Finally, if you haven’t got it already, when a guy kisses your forehead it shows that he loves you!
Well, technically there is one situation where this might not be the case (which we’ll cover below) but in most cases, it shows that he loves you deeply.
Think about it:
If you’re not a couple yet, he kisses your forehead because he’s too nervous to say the magic three words, or because he’s waiting for the right moment.
If you’ve been together a while and you already know he loves you, a forehead kiss is aimed at reinforcing his feelings and reminding you of them, all without saying a word.
It might just be a fleeting second, but a lot can be said with a forehead kiss.
So now we’ve covered the main reasons behind forehead kisses, let’s look at some other scenarios when a guy might kiss your forehead:
What does it mean when a guy kisses your forehead after sex?
Here’s the situation – you’ve finished making love, you fall back, slightly breathless and (hopefully) feeling satisfied, he leans over and kisses your forehead.
At this moment, when your emotions and senses are already heightened, you might lie there wondering where that sweet kiss came from. There’s no doubt it makes you feel good, so what does it mean from his end?
The truth is:
He’s enjoyed the great sex, the intimate closeness, and overall just being close to you, and now he wants to thank you (without being cringey) so he kisses your forehead.
It’s also ideal and convenient if you’re snuggled up to him with your head on his chest, and since he can’t reach your mouth to kiss you he’ll opt for the second-best place.
And it makes sense:
Incredible, love-filled, passionate sex can make any of us want to jump for joy after…but since you both need to rest a little after the marathon, a forehead kiss is just another way to express this happiness.
What does it mean when a guy friend kisses your forehead?
Well, we’ve already mentioned a little bit about guy friends who kiss your forehead, but essentially it shows they want more.
Maybe it’s a guy you’ve been friends with for a while or someone you’ve recently started seeing, if he finds any excuse to kiss your forehead, he certainly doesn’t see you as just a friend.
Either he’s too afraid to tell you, maybe he doesn’t want to sabotage the friendship, or he’s waiting first to see if you like him back.
Here’s the deal:
If he does it in public, he’s ready to take things to the next step. The fact that he’s not afraid of other people knowing that he has feelings for you says a lot.
If he only kisses your forehead in private, when you’re alone, it could be that he loves you but he’s unsure about taking things to the next level.
So…if you like him back, don’t be shy to let him know.
After all, there are only so many hints he can give you, and kissing your forehead is a big one.
What if he only gives forehead kisses?
Remember when I mentioned earlier about forehead kisses being a sign of love, except in one case?
Well, this is it.
If you notice that he only kisses your forehead, and resists or tries to avoid kissing you anywhere else (including the lips) there’s something wrong here.
In some cases, if you’re a couple and he’s unhappy in the relationship, he might not feel an attraction towards you anymore.
He won’t want to outright reject you, especially if he still cares about your feelings.
Instead, he’ll kiss your forehead to avoid too much suspicion, but never your lips or body.
But the chances are, if your partner seems uncomfortable whenever you kiss on the mouth, you’ve probably already realized that something is up.
If you’re in a friends-with-benefits situation, and he only kisses your forehead after sex (with no other intimacy like hugging or lip kissing) then it could be that he’s trying to keep things purely sexual.
And even though the forehead kiss isn’t a sexual act, if he isn’t doing it alongside any other types of intimacy, he probably doesn’t love you.
In some cases, it could be that he loves you but he’s scared of getting hurt, so he holds back from giving you anything more than that.
Don’t forget to give them back!
Now, we’ve covered all the reasons why it feels so good when we receive forehead kisses, but don’t forget that guys enjoy them too.
And, many times we model the behavior we want to see given to us.
So if he’s very loving, affectionate, and hot on the forehead kisses with you, it could be that he’s hoping he’ll get some of the good loving in return.
Just in the same way that you feel comforted and relaxed, he also wants to feel the same way. And since you know how great it is, don’t forget to share the love!
And if it’s a guy-friend who you like but haven’t told yet, giving him a forehead kiss might just spark him into action – it’s worth a shot.
The bottom line is:
If you feel any of the things listed above for him, like respect, care, and protectiveness, don’t hold back on showering him with plenty of forehead kisses too.
Not only will it strengthen your connection, but you’ll feel more intimate and he’ll get a chance to experience all those feel-good emotions that come with it too.
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