Been together more than 25 years?
Get to cuddlin' to help boost that satisfaction in your relationship! This is according to a new study of middle-aged and older couples. (Though, we can't see how some snuggling wouldn't help those younger lovers too!)
The study also found that tenderness is more important to men than to women, that men are more likely to report being happy in their relationship, and that women are more likely to be satisfied with their sexual relationship, said the researchers from the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University.
The study included more than 1,000 couples from the United States, Brazil, Germany, Japan and Spain who had been together for an average of 25 years. The participants were 40- to 70-year-old men and their female partners.
Also, both women and men became happier the longer they were together as long as they had larger levels of gettin' it on together (sexual functioning, in other words).
We were just about to ask something when it was answered for us:
"We recognize that relationship satisfaction and sexual satisfaction may not be the same thing for all couples, and in all cultures," Heiman said. "Our next step is to understand how one person's health, physical affection and sexual experiences relate to the relationship happiness or sexual satisfaction of his or her partner. So, we hope for more couple-centered than individual-centered understanding on relationship functioning and satisfaction."
In a general sense, it's a very interesting statistic. But, like we were about to ask, what if it isn't the same thing for everyone?
It's good to see that researchers want to shave it down to a couple-centered understanding, because we feel like that's the way to help and council lovers in need!
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