Men with stronger handshakes are more likely to get MARRIED

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Scientists found the firmer a man’s grip, the more likely he was to be married
However, the same link was not present for women, according to the experts
Weak grip strength signifies poor overall health and predicts premature death
The study analysed data from 5,000 adults from the Norwegian city Tromsø
Women are more likely to marry men with strong handshakes, research suggests.

Scientists discovered the firmer a man’s grip, the more likely he was to be married.

However, the same link was not present for women, according to the Columbia University researchers.

Grip strength has long been considered a measure of health, with stronger grips being linked to a lesser risk of heart disease and even death.

But the new study, which used data from more than 5,000 adults, was the first to show a link between grips and marriage.

The firmer a man’s grip, the more likely he was to be married. However, the same link was not present for women, according to the Columbia University researchers +1
The firmer a man’s grip, the more likely he was to be married. However, the same link was not present for women, according to the Columbia University researchers

Study author Dr Vegard Skirbekk said: ‘Our results hint that women may be favouring partners who signal strength and vigour when they marry.’

He suggested this could be because women prefer healthier men, who won’t need to be cared for in old-age as much.

Dr Skirbekk warned more attention needs to be paid to me with weak grips, given the body of evidence that shows it could signal poor health.

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And they won’t have an eagle-eyed partner looking out for them, which some studies have suggested could lead them to an early grave.

He described this as a ‘double burden’ and called for social policy intervention to help men with weak grips, including housing arrangements and counselling.

Participants in the study were asked to squeeze a vigorimeter – an instrument which measures grip strength using a rubber balloon.

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A study in 2008 looked at 98 undergraduates taking part in mock interviews with businesses.

As each was graded on their overall performance, five ‘handshake raters’ also marked them on their grip, strength, duration, vigour and eye contact.

Professor Greg Stewart, from the University of Iowa, who led the study, said those who scored highly with the handshake raters were also considered to be the most likely to be by the interviewers.

Students with ‘wimpy’ shakes were judged to be timider and less impressive.

The study also found women with a firm handshake were likely to be evaluated more favourably than their male counterparts.

The study contained two groups of people – one group included individuals born between 1923 and 1935 and the other from 1936 to 1948.

Grip strength was assessed when the participants were aged 59 to 71, according to the study published in the journal SSM-Population Health.

And it found the group born after 1935 had a greater number of unmarried men with low grip strength than the group born before them.

The findings, published in the journal SSM-Population Health, are thought to be a result of societal trends which have lessened the importance of marriage.

Other studies have found men with strong handshakes are less likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction and cope better on their own.

This effect is thought to be due to more blood being pumped around the body in individuals who have high hand strength.

While University College London research in 2010 found a weak grip can predict a greater risk of premature death.

And Manchester University scientists last week found there was some truth in the saying ‘healthy body, healthy mind’.

They found people with a stronger hand grip are better at problem-solving, memory tests and reasoning, and have faster reaction times.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-5664903/Men-stronger-handshakes-likely-MARRIED-finds-study.html#ixzz5E3cZuXpV
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8 Sex Trends You Might Not Know About, But Definitely Should Explore

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Who doesn’t love a little adrenaline? We pay to ride roller coasters and get addicted to tattoos, so it makes sense that we’d want a little excitement in our sex lives. According to a study done by LELO, compared to 2012, 2014 was a big year for risky sex. In 2012, their survey reported that 27 percent of women had sex outdoors, while 35 percent tried it in 2014. Only 10 percent of women in 2012 participated in a threesome, compared to the 20 percent who gave it a go just two years later. As for sex tapes, in 2012, only 28 percent had filmed one, while 2014 saw a jump to 52 percent! Having the confidence to try something new is seriously cool — and your partner probably agrees. As long as all parties feel safe and comfortable, a little risk can go a long way.

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It’s a bird … a plane … no, it’s a sex toy for everyone! Amazingly progressive sex toys are all the rage (freaking finally), and toys that accommodate genders of all kinds are at the forefront. The Picobong Transformer acts as a clitoral massager, G-spot stimulator, cock ring, prostate massager, and various other sex toys — all in one! I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen an image of such perfection. Even if it looks a little like an alien’s finger, it’s a surefire way make everyone’s orgasm on point.
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8 Sex Trends You Might Not Know About, But Definitely Should Explore

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When you search #FreeTheNipple on Instagram, the content generally “isn’t available,” and that’s because women’s nipples still aren’t entirely free. From laws limiting reproductive rights to some states having no penalties for revenge porn, there are still many hurdles to overcome on behalf of women’s rights — in particular, their rights in regard to their bodies. However, one way women have been taking ownership over their bodies has been through social media. It has become more commonplace for women to post sexy, even nude, photos on their social media accounts, just to share with the world how fabulous they are. With celebrities posting cheeky topless pics left and right, and the public following suit (especially on Twitter!), we’re embracing the female form in a very open way. One in five American adults has received a nude photo in their life, and in the name of being #bodyposi, that can be considered an empowering thing — because having the confidence to send one is awesome

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7 forgotten places where your partner should be touching you

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landscape-1476438815-places-your-partner-should-be-touching-you-1476155446The clit is a wonderful thing: More of an iceberg than a button, it’s only partially visible, and it packs the same number of sensory nerve endings as the penis into an organ just one-tenth the size. You are probably aware that the nipple is also an erogenous zone for both men and women — cool, awesome, wow. But now let’s talk about those less-obvious spots your partner (or you) should be touching but may be neglecting, with insight from sex therapist Vanessa Marin, who teaches the online orgasm course Finishing School. Here are the areas she thinks you should lavish a little extra attention on tonight.

1. The underside of your butt. The place where your thigh turns into your butt is for more than showing off under the hem of those denim booty shorts you thought were so hot circa 2007: Marin says it’s a nerve-rich area, too, and stimulating it can make for sexy foreplay. Instead of having your partner dive straight for your clit and give you oral, for example, you can have them “trace one finger along it, or [try] light kisses or licks” and then work their way to vulva territory, Marin suggests.

2. The underboob. Cleavage is the star of many an outfit, and nipples are endlessly pinched, licked, and sucked, but the underboob goes all but unnoticed. It doesn’t have to be this way. “A single finger here can feel amazing,” Marin says. You can also have your partner lick this area with a long stroke or in a circular motion. The skin here is super sensitive and receptive to stimulation, and what’s more, it’s so close to two tried-and-true classic erogenous zones — your nipples — that they may perk up

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3. The backs of your knees. Another overlooked and nerve-rich area, the backs of your knees might also benefit from some touching, kissing, or licking — or even stimulation from a vibrator if you’re really feeling it, as sex therapist Ava Cadell, PhD has previously suggested. To up the stakes, have your partner drag a tiny pinwheel designed for sensation play, an ice cube, or a tickler from the back of your knee up your body to your more “traditional” erogenous zones. The slower they go, the more anticipation will build.

4. The inner elbows. Marin recommends “light kisses and strokes” on the thin skin here. This might feel divine to some, so-so to others, and ticklish to a few, but it’s worth finding out which camp you’re in.

5. The labia. Yes, your labia are hard to miss, but they’re still often ignored: “You wouldn’t think of labia as being overlooked,” Marin says, “but so many people tend to go straight for the clitoris.” Before you do that, though, try teasing the labia to increase excitement. Tell your partner to “slowly slide their finger from top to bottom, without parting the lips,” Marin suggests, then “keep going up and down, gradually increasing your pressure until they start to feel their finger slip inside.”
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6. The anus. “More and more people are opening up to the joys of anal play,” Marin says, “but I’d say it’s still a pretty overlooked spot.” The key with anal play is to start slow: There are so many ways to enjoy this area other than penetrative sex. Check out the magical world of butt plugs (there’s a size and style for every body), experiment with fingers and mouths, and don’t forget the lube. “A great way to start is to have your partner apply a tiny bit of pressure to the outside of your anus with one lubed-up finger, as they’re going down on you or fingering you,” Marin says.

7. The back of your neck. This is an especially sexy spot, and you don’t have to be undressed for your partner to access it. “People pay a good amount of attention to the front and sides of the neck, but tend to forget about the back,” Marin says. “Flip over onto your belly, pull your hair up, and ask your partner to kiss along your hairline.” Then, they can work their way down to the underside of your butt and the backs of your knees — you’re making up for all the time you forgot how good those spots could feel.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Loving Lubricant

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A Beginner’s Guide to Loving Lubricant
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Hi Emily,

I love you and your show, and I’ve had a great time testing out your tips for spicing things up with my boyfriend. Per your recommendation, we have recently been trying to work lube into our sexual routine, but stopped because I was really not enjoying it. It made a huge mess and got everywhere during foreplay, and I was very aware of it WHILE we were having sex. I also didn’t like the way it felt afterward—especially if we had sex during the day (because I would have to go somewhere after, and I would have lube all around my vagina).

I know you’re a huge fan of lube, and I want to love it. But I feel like there’s something I must be missing, because so far, I’m not getting the appeal. Were we just using too much? Is there another lube you can suggest that might be better?

Thank you! Sheridan, age 22

Dear Sheridan,

I get it. I’ve been there. You get all excited to try something new, and the results are less than thrilling, so you start to question whether it’s really for you. Everyone else loves it, shouldn’t you? But before you lose the lube love completely, let’s try to troubleshoot so you can get the most out of what I think is an essential element to great sex.

The first thing we should probably look at is the type of lubricant you were using. There are a lot of options out there with different ingredients and textures, as well as varying qualities and price points. And yes: There are bad lubricants out there. Before you pick a lube out of the bargain bin at a drug store, it’s important to know what you’re taking home and slathering on your lady parts. The wrong lube can come with a host of problems that can really spoil an otherwise hot hookup.

So what separates the good stuff from the bad (besides the price tag?) To start, a low-quality lube is often sticky and leaves a residue behind. They can have perfumes or dyes that cause infections, mess up your vaginal pH balance and, as you noticed, may feel unnatural during sex.

On the other hand, a good lube is made to match and compliment your natural lubrication, rather than overpower or replace it. It should feel slippery or silky, depending on the type, but NEVER tacky. And the true test of a great lubricant is that you really can’t tell it’s there at all—it enhances, but never distracts from, the sex at hand.

So let’s talk the best lube for you. If you’re new to lubricants, definitely start with a water-based formula. You will find that this type is lightweight, doesn’t get sticky, washes away easily and most closely matches your natural lubrication. Water-based lubricant may not last as long as other formulas, but it won’t stain your sheets or leave a big ol’ mess.

If slippery is more your speed, you might want to try out a silicone lube. Silicone-based formulas are thicker, last longer, and are great for water play—but be aware that these are not as safe to use with other products. While they do work with (most) latex condoms, be careful when using them with your favorite silicone sex toys (the silicone breaks down the toy’s materials and can cause serious damage).

Lately, social media has been touting the benefits of natural lubricants like coconut oil. This trend may seem like a “healthy” alternative to silicone products because they’re organic and made from natural ingredients, but oil-based lubricants don’t work for everyone. The natural sugars can disrupt your vaginal pH-balance, sometimes leading to irritation, and they are definitely not latex- or sex toy-safe.

My favorite option for a water-based lubricant is JO Naturalove Organic lubricant. It has a smooth, long-lasting glide that isn’t overpowering or distracting during sex. It’s safe to use with toys and condoms and, as a bonus, contains chamomile, which actually soothes the vagina instead of causing irritation.

The second issue that likely contributed to your negative experience is using too much—hence your hyperawareness of it during sex. You want to start with a dime-size amount of lube, then add more as needed.

A quick note with regards to postplay cleanup: Even if it’s unpleasant or inconvenient, it’s important to clean the vagina after sex—no matter what. The microbiota of the vagina is very delicate and any lingering fluids can disrupt it, causing itchiness, discomfort, and infections.

The bottom line: don’t give up! The only real way to figure out what type of lube and how much to use is experimentation. You’ll know you have found the right one because it makes everything better. (I promise!)

You won’t become an expert on your first dip into the lube pool, so keep experimenting!

Xxx Emily

Emily Morse is a Doctor of Human Sexuality and host of the iTunes Top-Rated podcast Sex with Emily. As an expert, author, and star of television and radio programs, she has inspired millions of listeners and followers to make sex a priority, enhance communication, and strengthen their relationships. To learn more or to subscribe to her podcast, visit sexwithemily.com.

How to Be Naughty and Sexy – Spice Up Your Love Life

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44 Amazing Sex Positions Every Married Couple Should Try To Spice Up Their Sex Life
Like many aspects of marriage, sex plays an integral part in the relationship. It goes beyond physical actions and acts as a form of communication and connection. An unhappy sex life can quickly lead to an unhappy marriage. One of the easiest and most pleasurable ways to keep your sex life active, exciting, and – most importantly – spicy is to keep things new. This can be done through various forms of foreplay, open communication about likes and dislikes, and a willingness to explore new positions. To help you explore your sex life and keep things spicy in (and out!) of the bedroom, this book offers a guide to 44 sexual positions ranging from the extremely intimate to adventurous and athletic.
Here is a list of types of positions you’ll learn in the book:
Intimacy Positions: For Those Needing to Rekindle Their Fire
Lying Down Positions: Finding New Ways to Make Horizontal Fun Memorable
Sitting and Kneeling Positions: You Don’t Have to Lie Down and Take It
Standing Positions: Who Said Sex Stays in the Bedroom?
Adventurous and Athletic Positions: For Those in Need of a Challenge
Your sex life may be suffering for a number of reasons – lack of intimacy, lack of variety, etc. – or it may be bountiful and just in need of a few ideas to jumpstart the bedroom adventures. Whatever the reason, these tips should offer the spice needed to kick start your love life to a whole new level.