Cuddling Feels So Much Better Than Sex Itself, According to Science

It’s common knowledge that having sex is fulfilling and is key to a long-lasting marriage, not to mention the health benefits, such as lowering the risk of dementia. It’s why we try to find out how to last longer in bed or try to keep it as interesting as possible through different positions or using toys

But sex isn’t the only thing that keeps the feel-good factor in your relationship going.

Research has shown that affection is the missing link between sex and life satisfaction. This means that cuddling after sex makes you happier than the deed itself!

  • Physical affection in a relationship leads to greater happiness than just sex.

    The study was carried out between the University of Toronto and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

    Researchers performed four different studies. Hundreds of parents from different ethnicities were surveyed as part of the sample pool.

    Parents reported in the first experiment that they had higher life satisfaction when they had more sex and affectionate touching. The second study further revealed parents who had sex more frequently had more positive emotions.

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    Studies 3 and 4 showed that people who were more physically affectionate were happier than couples who just had sex. This included hugging, kissing, or cuddling.

    Although we might not always be in the right mood, these results show that a bit of affectionate touching can really brighten up your spouse’s day. Sex is important, but so is your feeling of fulfillment in the marriage!

    It goes to show that physical affection in a relationship leads to you feeling happier, both before and after sex.

    Share with your partner and encouraging more cuddling!

    This article was republished with permission from theAsianParent.

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