By People Staff
December 30, 2009 12:00 PM

For GEORGE CLOONEY (with girlfriend ELISABETTA CANALIS), a sense of humor is “what is most attractive,” he says. “It’s not the first thing you notice at 21, but it’s the first thing you notice now.”

KATE HUDSON (kissing ALEX RODRIGUEZ) once said, “Women need to spend more time understanding men than changing men.”

KELLAN LUTZ’s dating MO? “I don’t really think…I kind of fall into situations,” he has said. In early ’09 the buzz was he fell for ANNALYNNE McCORD.

COURTSIDE COURTING

VANESSA HUDGENS admitted to Ellen DeGeneres that boyfriend ZAC EFRON is “a good kisser.”

“I like the challenge of keeping the sparkle in something,” says ED WESTWICK (with JESSICA SZOHR).

Flirting Can Make You Feel Better!

IT REDUCES STRESS

“There’s no question that people who are in happy relationships reap health benefits,” says psychiatrist and Today show contributor Dr. Gail Saltz. “Stress can cause high blood pressure, peptic ulcer disease and depression, but flirting is a stress reliever.”

IT RAISES SELF-ESTEEM

“Generally when there’s flirting and there’s positive response back, you end up feeling approved of,” explains Saltz, author of The Ripple Effect: How Better Sex Can Lead to a Better Life. “Flirting raises confidence, and that certainly would relate to better mood and better physical health.”

LOVE IS A DRUG

“New love or new lust does produce chemical changes, namely dopamine release in the brain,” says Saltz. “It’s the same chemical that gets released when you win at gambling or shop a fabulous sale. It’s a bit of a chemical high. That’s why even after you part ways, you’re often still flirting by text. It felt so good, you feel like doing it again!”

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