Does your partner question the benefits of cuddling? Point to this new study.
Researchers published a study in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin that found that confirmed something many will claim to already have known — cuddling is good for you. Many studies have claimed a correlation between overall improved well-being and sex, but this study claims that the affection that precedes and follows sex has a lot to do with the correlation.
“We demonstrated that an important reason why sex is associated with well-being is that it promotes the experience of affection with the partner,” said University of Toronto postdoctoral fellow Anik Debrot, the study’s co-author, according to Quartz. “Thus, the quality of the bond with the partner is essential to understand the benefits of sex.”
Whether you’re in a monogamous relationship or a polyamorous one, communication is at the heart of good sex. The ability to talk about sex, and during it, makes for an experience that’s gratifying.
“[The studies] confirmed that more sexual activity correlates with increased positivity and life satisfaction,” explains Quartz.
The researchers of the study went on to explain that a higher level of affection before and after sex also helped predict how satisfied those in the relationship felt 6-months after the study.
“Our findings underscore the importance of affection and positive affect for understanding how sex promotes well-being and has long-term relational benefits,” states the study.