When you're in a committed relationship, it's common to find yourself gravitating toward other couples. Suddenly, your pool of single friends seems to dwindle as you and your partner spend more time with pairs. As well as avoiding the dreaded "third wheel" situation, researchers have found that this habit could actually have benefits in the bedroom as well. And no, we aren't talking about swingers!
According to a recent press release from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, researchers have found that adopting an intimate friendship with another couple can help you see your relationship in a whole new light. Why? Because sharing details about your partnership with someone else – and hearing out their ups and downs as well – can provide the perspective you need to appreciate what you have. That applies to sexual intimacy as much as any other aspect of romance.
"We were expecting that the formation of a friendship between two couples in the lab would increase closeness and relationship satisfaction," said Keith Welker of Wayne State University, a doctoral student and one of the primary researchers. "However, we found the robustness of the effects on passionate love surprising."
So, while a double date may not sound as scintillating as some one-on-one time with your partner, sometimes it may be just what you need to rekindle the flame after a slump. This renewed sense of sexual interest, paired with your favorite lubricant for women, could be just the boost you need to jumpstart your sex life!