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“Couples who laugh together last together.” Dr. John Gottman
Laughter can be crucial to the success of romance, playing an important role during the attraction, courtship and commitment phases of healthy relationships. Plus, tension-easing instances of humor can help couples form deep interpersonal bonds and overcome everyday obstacles like monotony, stress, tension and miscommunication.
“Sex without love is as hollow and ridiculous as love without sex.” — Hunter S. Thompson
In an age when committed relationships are threatened by diminishing intimacy, people are exploring ideas on how to take the “less” out of a sexless marriage. Rather than cut and run when sex and marriage become difficult, many are choosing to dig in deep, to hold their ground and discover exciting ways of revitalizing the most important relationship of their lives. Interpersonal dynamics such as inadequate communication, lack of physical touch, digital distractions and repetitive routines are common causes of sexual infrequency in marriage.
This common situation occurs when a minor rift between spouses widens into a canyon and then deepens into a chasm. The mystery lies not in the fact that there has been a breach, but what can be done about it before it is too late. Addressing a sexless marriage means accepting the fact that these “gaps” that happen between partners do not open up overnight, and reconnecting requires time and effort. The good news is that there are ways and means of revitalizing marital intimacy that are uplifting, cathartic and downright delightful.