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What Do Men Want? Turns Out It's Cuddling

Study Suggests Men Value Cuddling as an Important Ingredient in Relationship Happiness

Happiness in Relationships

The new research sheds some overdue light on a segment of people overlooked, says Janet Shibley Hyde, PhD, Helen Thompson Woolley Professor of Psychology and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She reviewed the study findings for WebMD.

"Sexuality is a crucial aspect of quality of life," she tells WebMD, "but sex researchers have neglected midlife individuals, who are the focus of this study."

In her own research, Hyde says she has found that men and women are more alike psychologically than different, despite other research finding gender differences.

The take-home message for long-term couples? Even though Heiman found gender differences in such behaviors as cuddling, Hyde says she still believes it is the ''little things" in relationships that can help with happiness.

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