Guest blogger Diana Landen: Forget the Pilgrims: This Thanksgiving, let's remember to say thanks for the things we really love. Things like sex. The Pilgrims would agree. After all, they were rebelling against a church that considered sex evil, even in marriage. Why do I give thanks for sex?
1) Sex is fun. Nothing else in life feels quite so good, not even eating chocolate mousse. Winning a Nobel Prize might be more satisfying, but would you give up sex to get one?
2) Sex makes me a kinder, gentler wife. The saying "Sex every night, and you'll never fight" makes a lot of sense to me. Who can stay mad about whiskers in the sink after an orgasm or two? Who can even remember the whiskers in the sink?
3) Sex makes me happy. I wake up the next morning, well-rested and in a good mood. Or maybe I get up and go back to my day, calm and ready to face anything. Either way, every now and then, I remember making love and I get a little thrill.
4) Sex helps me sleep. Afterwards, I'm too calm to worry about the shoes I need to buy and whether or not my husband remembered to go to the bank. My sleep is deep and my dreams are good. This is not my imagination: Orgasm releases oxytocin, which promotes sleep.
5) Sex made our wonderful, amazing children. After years of trying to prevent conception, it was astonishing to see that sex actually works! I shared pleasure and intimacy with someone I love, and poof! We created life.
6) Sex makes me love my husband more than ever. The way I see it, I can't help adoring the guy who brought me so much bliss and love. The next day, I smile when I think of him. I forgive him his faults. We bill and coo and the cycle of love continues. The way science sees it, we're both busy releasing the bonding hormone oxytocin during sex.
7) Sex is good for you. Regular sex strengthens your immune system, lowers your blood pressure and reduces your level of stress hormones. Sexual activity keeps estrogen and testosterone flowing. Men who have an active sex life with a partner live longer (as long as they don't cheat). For women, sexual intercourse strengthens pelvic-floor muscles and prevents vaginal atrophy.
All this, and it cures migraines, too!