Seven Minutes in Heaven is a party game and kissing game primarily played by teenagers that was first recorded as being played in Cincinnati in the early 1950s.[1] Two people are selected to go into a closet or other dark enclosed space and do whatever they like for seven minutes.[1] It is common for the participants to kiss, but participants may instead choose to talk, engage in some other (usually quiet) activity, or do nothing at all. Variations on the game expand the time allowed to any reasonable short period up to 5 hours.[2] The participants can be selected by various methods, such as spinning a bottle, or drawing lots. Limits are established either before the game or by the two participants once alone.

In 2011, Saturday Night Live writer Mike O'Brien introduced a comedy routine called "7 Minutes in Heaven with Mike O'Brien", wherein he interviews celebrities in a closet and closes by trying to kiss the celebrity.[3]

Lorien Loveshade's variationEdit

"You choose two people by rolling dice, spinning a bottle, something like that. It doesnt have to be a boy and a girl but they have to be the right sex for each other. U dont put two straight guys in the closet! lol Anyway they go in the closet then you close the door and they stay in there for seven minutes and do whatever! Usually if they dont really know each other they just kiss. But if u get two lovers or two really wild ppl in there together they could do anything! ;) But really how much can u do when u know they're going to open the door in seven minutes? lol":[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 New Game Called '7 Minutes in Heaven' (6 August 1953)
  2. Chicken soup for the teenage soul II: 101 more games of life, love, and learning HCI Teens
  3. Matheson, Whitney (1 August 2011). Watch stars talk (not make out) on '7 Minutes in Heaven'. USA Today.
  4. Loveshade, Lorien. "Party Games" in The Secret Diary of Lorien Loveshade. Retrieved on 22 May 2015.