Want to know the secrets of a satisfying, long-lasting relationship? Read this article.
Okay, so this one doesn't have to be about stuff that significant. Maybe it's more like what to have for dinner that night, or who gets to choose the movie you watch. It's the little things that add up to have a big impact on partner and relationship happiness.
Surround yourself with people who can offer you support. We lived in Connecticut when I was growing up, far from our biological family, who lived in the Midwest. But we lived on a street with several families who became our "Connecticut family," and with whom we shared holidays, birthdays, and other special occasions. Expecially when you face inevitable challenges in life, it's essential that you have support, people you can call on anytime to lend a hand. If your own family can't be there, find a support group or friends or neighbors who can.
Happy anniversary, Mom and Dad!
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Dr. John Grohol is a mental health expert and founder of Psych Central. He has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues, and the intersection of technology and psychology since 1992.
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2. Not Touching His Balls
"Don't neglect them. Fondle them, massage them, give them a good pull when deep-throating. We like it, don't be shy." -Dennis, 31
Harsh Hand Jobs
3. Harsh Hand Jobs
"I have no idea why some women think we want our junk pulled off during a hand job. There's got to be a rhythm to it. Also, please don't be shy to spit into your hand occasionally while you're doing it." -Hank, 37
4. Assuming You Both Like The Same Things
"A couple weeks ago, I hooked up with a girl who loved having her nipples played with. Eventually we got to sex, and when I told her I was about to finish, she reached up and started ferociously pinching and twisting my nipples. I haven't spoken to her since, and I'd be lying if I said this had nothing to do with it." -Ray, 25
5. Not Making The First Move
"I'm 33 and still don't ever really know how soon is too soon to initiate sex with a girl, since everyone is different about that stuff. But I do know that having her let me know she's ready by taking her clothes off is the sexiest thing ever." -Brett, 33
6. Not Speaking Up About What You Want
"Women know what they like and don't like, but a lot of them don't really verbalize it. We both have the same goal -- to get to the promised land. But I can't get you there without a bit of a road map. You're an expert on your own body, so if I need to do something to make this night a good one, please let me know!" -Ricky, 25
10. Lack Of Participation
"Sex is a two person event, and both people should be willing and excited to participate. There's no fun in doing all the work while the other person just lays there. Switch positions and get in on the fun - it's a team sport!" -Rick, 26
11. Giving Too Much, Too Soon
"Recently this girl gave me head and it was great...except it started with all these fast wrist motions, and lots of lip and tongue action right away. When you're giving head, ease into it. This isn't a contest. Get comfortable and let it build." -Evan, 26
12. Being Too Self-Conscious
"You'd be surprised at how many women won't accept things like oral because of their own body issues. If I want do something special for you, let me. Don't keep thinking, 'OMG does he think I'm attractive?!' Because...of course I do." -Jason, 25
"I can't believe I'm saying this, but ladies, please don't try to intentionally mark us. The last girl I dated did this all the time when we were having sex ... and I don't understand why she thought it was hot. If anything it makes you look insecure. You really need to leave your mark to make sure everyone knows I'm off the market? No thanks." -Jeff, 22
1. Being Too Quiet
"There's nothing more awkward than having sex with a girl when the only noise you hear is the squeak of the bed. If what I'm doing to you feels good, make some noise!" - Ben, 30