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Sex is a huge part of any romantic relationship. As is happiness. It may not be the most important part, but it certainly accounts for a huge amount of passion and attraction to your partner, something that is further indicated by a recent survey conducted by emotional wellbeing research specialist Happify.

According to Happify, the average American adult (including both single and taken people) has sex 2 – 3 times per month. 96 percent of those people think sex is much more fulfilling when there is an emotional connection between partners.

It turns out, however, that having more sex doesn’t necessarily increase happiness. Happify researchers asked certain married couples to double their frequency of sex over a 3-month time period, discovering that couples who have sex once a week are the happiest in their relationships.

How can you increase your happiness in the bedroom? See Happify’s helpful tips below.

CUDDLE UP

Get your cuddle on! Couples that snuggle after sex tend to be happier in their relationships. Funnily enough, cuddling is more important to men in long-term partnerships than women.

HELPING HAND

If men want a happier relationship and sex life, they need to help with child care. Change the diaper, do the laundry, cook dinner a few times a week – it all helps, and she will be grateful (in many ways).

VOICE YOUR LIKES

It seems pretty simple – tell your partner what you like and don’t like in the bedroom! Voicing what turns you on and what doesn’t will go a long way in improving your sex life. You can’t be satisfied unless you speak up!

CHANGE THINGS UP

Have sex in a new place, try a new position or a new time of day. You will be surprised at how much you connect doing something different together.

KEEP IT UP

Have sex regularly. As Happify has concluded, once a week is enough to maintain a happy sex life, but if you don’t continue to put an effort the flame will burn out!

INTIMACY IS KEY

Remember that at the end of the day, sex is about being as close as you can to the person you are most intimate with. Remind them how much you love them on a frequent basis – sex should be an activity that shows how much you mean to one another on a physical and emotional level.