Why You Should Read More Romance
There’s nothing quite like curling up in a comfy chair with a glass of wine and a good romance novel. For some it’s a rare guilty-pleasure; for others it’s an envy-inducing routine; but few realize that reading a good romance novel is also a great way to better your sex life in addition to your emotional and mental well-being.
Take a look at a few of the added perks that passionate paperbacks have to offer.
They Can Spur Your Creativity
One of the most obvious perks of reading romance novels is the exposure to new romantic scenarios. Did a particular chapter have you pining for candlelit dinner? Maybe there was one passage that kept you dreaming about a new position for days. If so, put your newly found interests to good use with your partner!
As WebMD.com explains, the old “use it or lose it” motto is actually pretty accurate when it comes to sexual desire. This means that having sex makes you want it even more, while not having sex makes you desire it less.
Reading romance novels can give you the encouraging push you need to heat things up again. After a few new adventurous undertakings in the bedroom (or elsewhere), you might not be able to keep your hands off one another!
They Help You Gain New Perspective
Sometimes people don’t realize the limited perspectives they have access to in life. Friends and family, although with good intentions, usually reinforce our own views, and it can be difficult to see things outside our own mindset. Reading romance novels provides a unique opportunity to gain empathy for your partner, because you can relate the experiences you read about to situations in your own relationship. By getting an inside look at how other couples interact and feel, you may be able to communicate more effectively with your loved one.
There are even books that have started taking this perk to another level for readers. If you’ve read the popular E.L. James novel, Fifty Shades of Grey (and really, who hasn’t at this point), then there’s a lot to be gained from reading her newest installment to the series, Grey. As explained in the description from AdamEve.com, this novel follows the same storyline of the first, but it is told from the perspective of Christian Grey, rather than Anastasia Steele. By reading both novels, you can learn the different ways each partner sees certain situations and possibly gain insight to the different views your own partner has.
They Can Better Your Overall Health
In addition to the impact romance novels can have on your sexual health, they can also serve to better your cognitive health. According to an article from RD.com, reading romance novels satisfies much more than just your mental need for entertainment. They cited a particular study from Rush University Medical Center that proved that “Adults who spent their downtime doing creative or intellectual activities (like reading) had a 32 percent slower rate of cognitive decline later in life than those who did not.”
They also stated that reading could reduce stress, boost your vocabulary, and help strengthen your memory.
What can’t these novels accomplish?
Romance novels have become much more mainstream in the last few years. However, on the rare occasion that someone still gives you a hard time for indulging in a passionate paperback, just brush it off and remember: Your mind, body, and sex life are much better off.