Hearing This One Compliment Can Make Your Sex Life Better
It might sound simple, but it can make a big difference.
It’s great to have a partner who showers you with sincere compliments. But when it comes to sex, one compliment can make the difference between a crazy-good sex life and one that’s more so-so. According to a new study, knowing that your partner loves your body correlates to hotter, more enjoyable action between the sheets.
The study, published in the Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, focused on 244 women between the ages of 18 and 30, asking them questions about their body image and sex life. Each of the women were in a committed relationship for at least three months and had been sexually active within the past month.
The women were first surveyed about their own body appreciation. They were asked to rate how much they related to affirming statements like, “I feel good about my body” and “I respect my body.” Next, they had to complete the survey from their partner’s perspective, rating statements like “My partner feels good about my own body.”
The researchers then inquired about the women’s sex lives, asking them how often they felt sexual desire, their level of arousal, lubrication, number of orgasms, and sexual satisfaction. They were also asked about whether they ever experienced pain during intercourse. The women then rated their overall relationship satisfaction, taking into account how positive and valued they felt.