Is Sex Important to Marital Happiness?
Physical and emotional intimacy, internal and external factors form a successful relationship. According to a research done at Florida State University, sex is a key ingredient to marital bliss.
The results of the research were published in the journal Psychological Science, by author Andrea Meltzer The study had the participation of 214 newly married couples.
Couples should report sexual engagement with their partners, assess how satisfied they were with their sex life, and also assess how satisfied they were with their relationship and their spouse.
Research has found that physical intimacy produces a glow lasting up to 2 days, increasing long-term relationship satisfaction.
“Our research shows that sexual satisfaction remains high 48 hours after sex, and people with a stronger sexual glow – that is, people who reported a higher level of sexual satisfaction 48 hours after sex – reported higher levels of marital satisfaction Months later, “explains Meltzer.
What would be the magic number?
One study uncovered the magic number of how much sex a stable couple should make to be happy. The American research was attended by more than 30,000 people with fixed partners and was published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science.
They found that having sex only once a week is enough to feel satisfied in the marriage. “Although more frequent sex is associated with greater happiness, this relationship is no longer significant at a frequency higher than once a week,” said researcher Amy Muise, a social psychologist at the University of Toronto-Mississauga.
“Our findings suggest that it is important to maintain an intimate connection with the partner, but it is not necessary to have sex every day for this,” he added.
Is this number realistic?
According to the sex therapist Tammy Nelson, there is a rule or standard for the sex life of a couple. The dynamics of the couple changes over the years and their needs too, so he believes there is no magic number that will bring happiness in the marriage.
In an interview with the Huffington Post, he says many couples arrive in his office with the same question: “Is my sex life normal?”
“Forget the ‘normal.’ The most important thing is to learn empathy for your partner and accept their needs, even if they are different from yours,” explains Nelson.
The therapist emphasizes that frequent conversations about her sex life and loving touches outside the bedroom may be the most important factors for relationship satisfaction.
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