Most of the time the basics are all we really need to be happy. If we lead a purposeful life, have a roof over our heads, a hot meal to satisfy our tummies, and good sex*, everything else is gravy. It’s been scientifically proven time and time again that the happiness index doesn’t rise in direct correlation to the lavishness of our lifestyle.
Much has been written, from both medical and psychological perspectives, touting the myriad of health and wellness benefits that result from a good roll in the hay. However, to experience it firsthand, and to witness the consequential enhancement of the collective family-mood, truly substantiates these third-party claims we often read about.
Based on empirical research, I humbly suggest ten ways your sex life will benefit the kids, in-laws, cashier at Publix, and anyone else who comes into contact with you:
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1. For starters, you’ll wake up flushed, joyful and humming a tune.
2. The “morning after,” you’ll generously offer to prepare an exceptional breakfast for everyone, or at the very least, butter that toast with gusto.
3. Your headaches mysteriously disappear.
4. You help prolong your partner’s natural evolution toward prostate enlargement.
5. The two of you will reap the rewards of a good cardio workout.
6. Self-esteem is bolstered as both parties still feel irresistibly sexy---years, pounds, and a few kids later.
7. You contribute to the overall improvement of the quality of your sleep. For free.
8. Fine facial lines reflecting age, stress and worry seemingly disappear with each subsequent session to thus reveal a vibrant, glowing skin. Again, free of charge.
9. Kids pick up on the good vibe in the house, not knowing where it came from. In turn, this puts everyone in a better mood during the routine morning chaos and throughout the day. And oftentimes, the children wind up paying that inexplicable joy and kindness forward to teachers, classmates, coaches and all those around them. Win-win.
10. In a nutshell, the formula goes as follows:
Happy Mama = Happy Dad = Happy Kids = Happy, Emotionally-Sound Family
Bottom line: Just Do It. As often as you can.
*Note: The definition of “good sex” is meant in the traditional vein where two monogamous partners---a woman and a man---live under one roof and share responsibilities for the same set of kids. Understandably, there are many variations of “good sex” and a plethora of alternative “domestic arrangements” that function in today’s society. However, because the aforementioned was constructed with the time-honored two-parent household in mind, perhaps another would venture to adapt this list to make it more befitting of a modern, unconventional household.