A US study that looked at heterosexual women from different backgrounds found that women believed love was necessary for maximum satisfaction in both sexual relationships and marriage. Speaking to Science Daily, researcher Beth Montemurro said "Women said that they connected love with sex and that love actually enhanced the physical experience of sex.” Women who loved their sexual partners also said they felt less inhibited and more willing to explore their sexuality. "When women feel love, they may feel greater sexual agency because they not only trust their partners but because they feel that it is OK to have sex when love is present," Montemurro said. Coined by Relationship counselor Gary Chapman, the Five Languages of Love, can help you bring love back into your relationship. Words of Affirmation Expressing affection through spoken affection, praise, or appreciation. Acts of Service Use actions to show love rather than just words. So, be kind to each other. Receiving Gifts It shows that you think about each other. And equate beautiful things to how much you care for your partner. Giving and receiving gifts can make you fall for each other over and over again. Quality Time Put aside all the things that can wait, and dedicate some time to each other. Give each other undivided attention. Physical Touch Touch in a relationship is important whether it’s intimate, sexual or simply holding hands. It keeps you connected. * But, about 18% of the study participants said that they can have just as much pleasure having sex in an casual relationship.
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