Revealed: The five ways you can enjoy a happier and lasting relationship
A new study on sexual satisfaction has found that content long-term couples share certain habits.
One of the largest studies to-date on sexual satisfaction in long-term relationships has found that couples who are content with their sex lives do a lot of communicating.
It's no surprise that effectively communicating with your partner, day-to-day, will strengthen the trust, honesty and respect you have for each other and the relationship.
However, it's also important that open communication is established in the bedroom.
The study, which is to be published in the Journal of Sex Research later this month, also cited the importance of working to set the mood (by lighting candles or dimming lights and playing background music), practicing sexual variety and oral sex, engaging in sexy talk and frequently having orgasms and sex.
It found that men and women who are satisfied with their sex lives are happier in their long-term relationships.
The research was conducted by researchers at Chapman University in Orange, California, California State University, Sonoma State University, and at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University.
It saw almost 39,000 married or co-habiting heterosexual men and women asked to rate their current sexual satisfaction, and during the first six months of the relationship.
The results, which were included in the Wall Street Journal, highlighted five types of mood setting that were more common among happy couples, ranked in importance:
1. Being praised by their partner for something they did in bed
2. Being asked by their partner for something they want
3. Asking for something they want from their partner
4. Teasing during the day over the phone or via email
5. Asking for feedback on how something felt