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Cuddling key to happy relationships for men

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Cuddling might be key secret to a long and healthy relationship for men, say researchers from the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University in Bloomington.

“Contrary to some stereotypes, the most appealing behaviours, even for men, are romantic and affectionate behaviours,” said lead author Debby Herbenick adding : “These included kissing more often during sex, cuddling, saying sweet/romantic things during sex, making the room feel romantic in preparation for sex, and so on.”

For the staudy published in journal PLOS One, researchers studied more than 1,000 heterosexual couples from the US, Brazil, Germany, Japan, and Spain who were in relationships for an average of 25 years.

The study’s participants, who were between the ages of 40 and 70, filled out a gender-specific questionnaire on sex and relationship-related topics that the researchers assured them would not be shared with their partner.

In addition, they investigated the level of appeal of nearly 50 sexual behaviours. They found that many have engaged in a wide variety of behaviours and that some are fairly common. They also noted that although many men and women rated a range of sexual behaviours as appealing and may have tried them in the distant past, fewer engaged in them in the past month or year.

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One stereotype-shattering result — that men may not want to share with their partners — was that frequent kissing or cuddling predicted relationship happiness for men but not for women.

Other surprising findings include men were more likely to say they were happy in their relationship than women, and men said it was important that their partners experienced an orgasm during sex.

“We know from other research that being in a long-term relationship has some value to health,” study author Dr. Julia Heiman, director of The Kinsey Institute said in a written statement.

“Perhaps we can learn more about what makes relationships both sustainable and happy.”

This research has many implications for the future understanding of adult sexual behaviours. Sexuality educators, clinicians as well as people in the general population will now have a better understanding of the prevalence and diversity of sexual behaviours experienced by adults in the US general population.

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Shree Panchami today

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KATHMANDU — Shree Panchasmi also known as Basanta Panchami or Saraswoti Puja, was observed across the country by worshipping Saraswoti, the Goddess of knowledge, wisdom, learning, art, music and culture, on Monday.

Shree Panchami is celebrated on the fifth day of the waxing moon in the month of Magh every year according to the Nepali calendar.

The festival is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the bright half of the Nepali month of Magh. People from the Hindu and Sikh communities mainly in Nepal and eastern India observe this festival.

The festival is taken as the symbol of an advent of the spring season as plants start sprouting; winter crops like barley and wheat plants and plum, pear and peach trees start yielding and many flowering plants start blooming with this.

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The day is very special for students and new learners. Students take early bath, observe the mass Saraswati Puja in schools and visit temples and listen to the Basanta Shrawran. Goddess Saraswati is worshiped with various names such as Bharati, Sharada, Jagatmata, Bageshwari, Kaumari, Baradayani and Kamdhenu.

It is believed that from this day, the sun starts moving to the northern hemisphere, causing longer days and signalling the beginning of spring season.

Marriage ceremonies and other religious functions are also performed on this day as the day is believed to be auspicious. Legend has it that reciting and listening to verses about goddess Saraswati on this day enriches knowledge.

The festival is considered as the best day of starting something new in human life and make a commitment to good causes.

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