7 Marriage Lessons from Flying on an Airplane

by Karl & Sharon Leukert

With summer travel in earnest, you might be considering boarding an airplane to take you to your destination for fun and relaxation. When we were younger (and it was our first few times flying) it seemed like such an adventure. Now, after many multiple flights, it too often ends up being a major hassle. This is kind of like marriage – at the start it is so fun and exciting, but after years of the journey, too often it ends up often seeming like more trouble than it’s worth. To help you on your journey, we’ve put together some Marital Flight Rules that will help you regain or retain the sense of adventure.

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1) Everyone has baggage. Some is carry on, some is check on. Everyone enters marriage with “baggage” – EVERYONE! Some of that is very visible. Little idiosyncrasies from how we have been raised, or the culture we’re from, or just from our unique way of seeing the world around us. This is totally normal, even though it may be frustrating to our spouse. But we all also have hidden baggage – learned parenting skills or financial management that are destructive; emotional constructs that impact our relational success or failure; sexual activities prior to marriage (either with your now spouse, someone else, or pornography) that effects your relationship and sexual behavior after the “I do”; abuse in the past that has not been dealt with; damage from divorce; lack of understanding yourself enough to enter the marital relationship with a mature frame of mind. Of course this list is not exhaustive. What can be exhaustive – and exhausting – is that even if the “check ons” are hidden at the beginning of the flight, at some point they will come to the surface and will have to be dealt with. It’s all part of the successful journey of marriage, so don’t get discouraged! (Did you bring your dysfunctional childhood into your marriage?)

2) There will be turbulence. Everyone who been flying for any length of time knows that very few flights are completely smooth from takeoff to landing. As the plane passes through the air it encounters invisible pockets of varying pressure as well as currents, causing the plane to suddenly rise and fall. Usually it is not too concerning (and can actually be a bit fun). When severe enough, though, it can cause serious injury.

Marriage can be like this as well. Every marriage has normal ups and downs, which, while somewhat disturbing, can also be enjoyable, if relationship growth comes from them. Then, there are also occurrences that almost seem like the video above. Financial setbacks, health emergencies, car or home accidents, deaths of family members, relationship crises that seem to hit without warning. All these and more can create havoc in your marriage. So what do you do?

First, don’t get out of your seat, and stay buckled! It’s easy during these times to want to try and run to greater safety. Resist! Second, spend time going back over the most important positive events in your married life.

  • What were your favorite dates?
  • What are your best/worst hotel experiences?
  • Recount what one vacation together you would relive if you could.
  • Make a list of the most memorable POSITIVE sexual experiences.
  • Share some of the things your liked/didn’t like about each place you’ve lived.
  • anything else that reminds you of your good history together

Those good memories are what keeps you in place during turbulent times. Third, don’t be afraid to seek out professional help.

3) Have a destination picked out when you start. No one would get on a plane without knowing where it will land. You have to have a destination determined before boarding. What about marriage? “Til death do us part.” Historically this has been part of vows recited at weddings by both spouses. However, as is too often the case, this seems more of a fantasy than a reality. Does that mean that it should not still be the goal? Hardly. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of long-term marriage. Every day, remind yourself of this destination. Just like you wouldn’t start flying without knowing where you’re going, plan from the beginning (or start now) that “Til death do us part.” is still the ideal.

4) Don’t get off until you get there. How many of us have heard the speech about what to do with the loss of cabin pressure (“Pulling the mask toward you will start the flow of oxygen…”) or what to do in the event of a water landing (“Your seat cushion will act as a flotation device…”)? Of all the flights we’ve been on, we have yet to hear the flight attendant say, “If you desire to get off of the plane in mid-flight, please press your button as we have parachutes available.” Many times marriage problems show up within the first 5-7 years. It’s at this point too many couples opt for the parachute of divorce. We are not advocating remaining in a an abusive marriage. If you are in an abusive situation, seek help immediately! What we are advocating is to not move to ending the marriage when the normal turbulence of marriage occurs. In fact, if you make it through the first 7 years, you are more likely to make it all the way to “Til death do us part.”

5) Trust other, more experienced flyers. The first time we each went on a flight, we had so many questions. What luggage should I use? How early should we arrive at the airport? What toiletries should I take? Window or aisle seat? Am I taking too many clothes? Etc. Now, we have been able to answer those questions for our oldest child as he went away to college for his freshman year. Asking those who have successfully flown makes a huge difference. For your marriage to be successful, it’s vital to find out what others have done who have solid marriages and learn from that. Do a search online for advice from other couples, but be ready to filter out those things that would not benefit your relationship or fit into the principles of an Unashamed Marriage. Beyond that, look for couples that you know who have solid marriages and ask them to mentor you. It will have tremendous benefits!

6) Enjoy the in-flight refreshments and entertainment. When you’re on a cheap one hour flight (and even longer ones), you’re going to get a soda and maybe some pretzels. It’s fun to watch the flight attendants pass out the goodies and then quickly pick up the garbage before the plane lands! Then there are longer flights where you can order your meal to your preference (and enjoy a movie that’s offered). When we’re on the soda and pretzel flights, we don’t refuse what’s being offered just because other flights have place settings and meals designed by food stylists. Wherever your marriage is at, enjoy the benefits of what’s there in front of you.

God has designed marriage to be full of joy, refreshment and entertainment, when it is lived unashamed. In fact, living out the 9 principles of an Unashamed Marriage will help to make sure they are present in your marriage. (Want to see how UNASHAMED your marriage is? Send us an email and request your FREE simple assessment. See the form below.)

7) Lose some baggage on the way. It was our first flight with all three of our children, two of which were under the age of two. How were we to balance the car seats we would need for our rental car when we arrived with our connecting flights? We made mistakes the first time and we were traveling from one gate to the next with all of the car seats and fixtures. On the return flight home, we found there was a lot more luggage that could be checked in, we didn’t have to carry it with us through all the connecting flights. We even combined our things in to one carry on diaper bag/wonder bag. We adjusted and kept things simpler, enjoying the flight home much more than our trip out. A few other times, our luggage has been delayed and had to be delivered by shuttle. As technology has improved there is much less lost luggage, but here are tips to minimize that even more. (Curious about what’s been found in lost or unclaimed luggage?)

There are some things in your marriage that always need to stay in the forefront – baggage that NEEDS to be lost. Do you have carry-on items that really should have been put into the cargo hold? It’s OK for most or all of that to be lost in transit. Also, know that others on the marriage plane may have extra baggage as well. Be careful not to add to your burden while even on the flight. Regularly go to marriage programs, read marriage strengthening materials, take part in online or offline assessments to see where you are at, or, if necessary, seek a flight attendant (a.k.a. marriage therapist/counselor).

 

Make your marital journey the best it can be! Thanks for flying, UNASHAMED AIRLINES!

Top 10 Ways to Care for the 21st Century Wife

by Nicholas Miller (guest post)

Our friend, Nicholas Miller, came up with this list. We thought it was good and asked him if we could re-post it. He graciously agreed.

 

10. Remember to put the top back on the toothpaste, put the toilet seat down, and leave at least one cell-phone charger free in the bedroom.

9. Listen, listen, listen, and only then, text your response.

8. Be the first to say “I’m sorry,” and avoid the temptation to add “lol,” and especially not “rofl.”

7. Don’t forget to help with the dishes (cause it’s a prime time to watch basketball on the iPad)

6. Take out the trash, change the light bulbs, and defrag her hard drive. For some reason, these are all man jobs.

5. Use a male voice on your GPS, so she can still be the only woman telling you where to go.

4. Keep an extra computer power cord in your briefcase so when she “borrows” your regular one you can more easily be sweet, gracious, and forgiving.

3. Just be there for her, and don’t try to solve her problems—even if you think of a really cool Google search that could do so.

2. Remember, if when she is talking, and you take at least one ear-bud out and one eye off the screen, you MAY get half your dinner.

1. Just remember that emoticons are no substitutes for real emotions, and that hugging her and telling her you love her beats xoxoxoxox, bff, lolo every time.

 

Here’s the link to the list as he posted it on Facebook.

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Safety First!

by Sharon Leukert

One of the things I (Sharon) have enjoyed doing in my lifetime is being a safety compliance assistant for a small general contractor outfit. There’s nothing like starting your day at 7:00 AM telling a bunch of guys how to be safe as they go about their work day. The guys on the other hand, more often than not, were less concerned about the minutia of details on how to do their job safely. They just wanted to get the job done! They had years of experience and figured they knew how to do what they did without getting hurt, so the rules handed down by OSHA and other organizations just seemed to get in the way. Sometimes, though, I was able to teach them things that were new and beneficial. For instance, they didn’t know that OSHA has a heat app for their smartphones. Now they could get a warning on what the heat index was and know how many breaks to take in the shade and how much water to drink to keep from getting heat stroke on the job.

As I’ve been thinking back on that time I find that there are similarities between safety compliance on the job and the intricacies of women, men, and sex. Husbands who have learned well realize that the key is – you guessed it – Safety First! So exactly what does that look like? Here are three easy ways to practice Safety First and get the job done.

1. Make sure your lovemaking is sex_nach_der_geburt_sh_92296813private and protected. You may get really turned on by a romp in the park, but she wants to be for your eyes only, not on public display. Sex outside can be exhilarating, but take the time to find a safe and private place! Rent a bungalow for a weekend with a lush garden style back yard and a privacy fence. She’ll feel safe and you’ll get the job done.

2. Let her know that her hopes, dreams, thoughts and feelings are safe with you. Here’s where it really hits. If your wife doesn’t feel safe to share her feelings with you, she’s going to start holding back. When she starts holding back feelings, she also starts holding back in bed. You may hate chick flicks, and even worse getting stuck watching them, but they’re important to her. So take turns. This weekend a testosterone filled guy movie as well as a good round of NASCAR, and next week a chick flick and a Hallmark special. When she feels safe to share her hopes for the future, without being laughed at or told it will never happen, she also feels safe to share everything she has in sexual intimacy. Let her know she is safe to be exactly who she is with you.

3. Reassure her with your wallet. We’re not necessarily talking about gifts and flowers delivered to her every week (although it’s not a bad idea either), but a dinner where you present your bride with an envelope showing you’ve taken care of the future – life insurance policies. If you handle the taxes every year, make sure she knows that it is all taken care of and she doesn’t have to worry about last minute trips to the post office on April 15th. Spend the money to have a professional do a job that really matters to her. Yes, you can play plumber on the weekend, because it may indeed take you all weekend to install that new faucet. You may get it done, but she’ll be without a fully functioning kitchen all weekend. Let her know that her convenience is worth the price of hiring a professional and getting that faucet replaced sooner. You want her jumping up and down and thanking you for arranging for it all. That’s a much better option than her complaining about how you took her kitchen away all weekend.

Yes, it takes a little time to and effort to insure safety first, but it’s worth it if it helps you get the job done!

Three Things Destiny Added to My Marriage

by Sharon Leukert

If you’re thinking about a Disney fairy tale where it’s “destiny” that the main characters meet and manage to defeat the evil villain while falling in love and living happily ever after, then this blog post might not be for you. The destiny I’m talking about is that purposeful part of a marriage that determines the course of the relationship over time. Here’s what destiny has done for my marriage, and I’m looking forward to even more!

1. Destiny sets the boundaries. Because my husband and I believed, from the beginning, that marriage was something to be enjoyed, something to make us stronger, and something that must never be broken; divorce has not been an option for us. Again, we’re not talking about fairy tale denial where we think relationship problems

Your future, as a person and as a couple, is built on the events of the past and the actions of the present.

Your future, as a person and as a couple, is built on the events of the past and the actions of the present.

could never happen to us because we’ve certainly had our share of struggles through the years. The difference is that we believed there was a purpose to our marriage, that together we could do something that neither of us could have done on our own. The boundaries were clear. Find a way to work things out. Don’t get up.

2. True love is a choice, not just a feel good moment. Believing that our marriage had a purpose, a destiny to accomplish something great immediately and over time, motivated me to continue to choose to love my husband. He’s amazing and not hard to love at all, but we’re all human and have our moments. So knowing that our marriage is much more than just this one little dip in a low place once in a while, that it is so much, helps me to make the right choice to love and build up the relationship, instead of doing it harm.

3. Destiny gives longevity. Longevity gives rich experiences. Rich experiences give greater depth and meaning to intimacy. Or you could put it another way – sex is great when you’re building on a long relationship of shared experiences. You understand how you’ve grown over the years and yet are still the person your spouse fell in love with. You “get” your spouse’s jokes. Honestly, a little bit of humor goes a long way in foreplay. That “bedroom laugh” is a good sign that sex is going to be great. No comedian wants to work with limited material. But destiny gives longevity to a marriage – meaning plenty of material to bring up in that perfect moment to clench the “bedroom laugh” and enrich intimacy.

I believe our marriage is for a purpose, both now and in the future. I’m investing in it daily and receiving rich rewards. It truly sets the tone for our relationship over time. At almost 24 years of marriage, we’re looking forward to the rich experiences destiny will continue to bring to our relationship – and more of those bedroom laughs!

Your Health and Your Sex – Part 6

Does having sex help fight breast cancer? To reduce the likelihood of osteoporosis, what should you add to your calcium? Read on in Your Health and Your Sex, Part 6 to find the answer to these questions and find out more awesome information that will encourage you in your marriage. (You can read previous posts in this series. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Part 5.)

1) Walking, jogging, Zumba, treadmill, swimming, etc. = better sex! Most people know that they need to exercise more, but few actually make it a high priority. That decision, though, has some implications for knock-your-socks-off horizontal aerobics. According to a study from the University of Arkansas Program of Health Sciences, your fitness routines increase sexual drive, sexual activity, and sexual satisfaction. Get up out of the recliner and off of the couch and get moving. As your physical fitness increases, your sex life will enjoy the results. Follow THIS LINK to a  great resource of specific exercises that will boost your sex life.

2) Breast cancer is one of the most dreaded health crisis a woman can face. Some well-known women have actually had prophylactic mastectomies just because they had an increased risk due to their ID-10085906_EDITgenetics. A little-known (or at least not widely publicized) scientific study was published in Oncology in 1978 that showed one method of breast cancer reduction that would result in a lowering of the likelihood of breast cancer of “not less than 50% in married women in the population.” This preventative method is the one that God created from the beginning – repeated vaginal exposure to semen in early reproductive years. In other words, marry a bit younger and don’t use condoms or other barrier methods of birth-control that block the semen from being absorbed into the wife’s vagina.

3) One of the health concerns that people have as they age is deterioration of their bone density – osteoporosis. There are many ways to avoid this dangerous condition, including adequate calcium, vitamin D, and exercise. According to a study published in Joint, Bone, Spine out of France, oxytocin is one of the keys to keeping bones strong as one ages. The more oxytocin in the bloodstream the better. The great news is that it is easy to get more of this wonder chemical flowing through your veins. Hugging, holding hands, cuddling, smiling at each other, looking into each others eyes, massage, and more, all increase oxytocin. The highest levels, though, are after sexual intercourse/orgasm. Make sure you get plenty of calcium, but add regular doses of sex as well.

4) A major part of overall health – and thus with an impact on the quality of your sex life – is what you eat. Numerous studies have shown that Americans especially are not making the best choices when it comes to our menus. What impact does our diet have in regards to our sex lives? According to an article at sheknows.com, a plant-strong diet is a great enhancement. It helps clear your arteries so your blood flows freely – something vital to the best sexual pleasure. Increasing plant-based foods in your diet also helps with weight-loss and control. There is much evidence that obesity has a very detrimental effect on quality of sex. There is even evidence that a plant-strong diet improves body odor and what spouse does not appreciate that during times of intimacy. Check out this link for ways to add more fruits and veggies into your diet.

The Amazing Penis

When Jesus created all things, He designed each thing with a specific purpose. Though she references an evolutionary process, this is a fascinating TED talk by Biologist, Dr. Diane Kelly on the structure of the penis and how it is absolutely unique in the world of biology. Spend a few minutes to watch this talk on the amazing penis, and share it with your friends (at least those who wouldn’t freak out about it.)

As Christians, rather than consider the male sexual anatomy (or any other body part for that matter), the result of random mutations, we choose to see this as more evidence of a loving Creator who had plans in mind and designed biological systems to carry out those plans perfectly. We already thank God for great married sex. Now we can even praise Him for the specific designs of the parts of our anatomies made for this purpose, including the amazing penis.

Your Health and Your Sex – Part 5

by Karl Leukert

When God created Adam and Eve, He designed them perfect, including their amazingly complex sexual interactions. This series has been exploring the research that reveals more of the benefits He designed for all couples. This is the fifth part of this series on Your Health and Your Sex. You can read previous parts here: PART ONE, PART TWO, PART THREE, PART FOUR.

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1) A recent Google search of the term “sleep deprivation effects” yielded nearly 1,280,000 results. It seems that nearly every week a fresh news story comes out about the damage we Americans are inflicting on ourselves by our lack of adequate sleep. It turns out, there is one more bit of damage to add to the list, and hopefully this one will cause some additional sleep when the other study results have not. In an article published in 2015 in the Journal of the International Society for Sexual Medicine, sleep has a direct correlation to sexual likelihood as well as enjoyment. Now, we need to hasten to add that the study done was using college age females. However, the results are significant – a one-hour increase in sleep resulted in better genital arousal the next day and a 14% greater likelihood “of engaging in partnered sexual activity.” Considering other studies that show that healthy marriages already have a greater frequency of sex and report a more satisfying sex life than single college girls, the one extra hour could have an even greater benefit for them. Husbands, do all you can to help this happen! Help with the household chores. Take burdens off your wife and make sure she gets her sleep.

2) For most wives, when they get pregnant, it is happiest time(s) of their lives (except for the morning sickness, clothes not fitting right, false labor, REAL LABOR!!!!!) Well, you understand. But, for a small percentage – 3%-5% – it can be life threatening due to a condition called pre-eclampsia. Symptoms include increased blood pressure and protein in the urine and, in some cases, can cause seizures and death. We thank God that He planned ahead for this problem. According to Danish research, frequent sex with the father of the child before conception (as typically happens in marriage) greatly reduces the possibility that the mother will develop this condition. This is due to the HLA-G protein that is present in the father’s sperm. The pre-eclampsia condition is an immune response to what the mother’s body thinks is a foreign body – the baby. If she has had repeated exposure to his sperm, her immune system recognizes similarities in the HLA-G and the baby and will not react the same. There is also some anecdotal evidence that the most beneficial introduction of the sperm is through oral ingestion.

3) We met while we were in college – Sharon a Journalism major and Karl studying Broadcasting. One of the things that attracted Sharon to me (yep, Karl is writing this), was that during Intro to Speech class I did not stay behind the lectern but stood beside it and moved around the platform when I spoke. She said she liked my confidence. Actually, neither one of us has ever been shy to be up front, but we know that some people are. One of the tricks 471-AncientPoetry3_zps785553a0that has been used for people who experience stage fright is to tell them to imagine everyone in their underwear. To me that would be scarier than I can imagine. It turns out that according to research published back in 2005 by Biologic Psychology, the best thing would be to have a great roll in the hay with your spouse before you have to speak. Scientists studied the effects on blood pressure during stressful situations after three activities – masturbation, partnered sexual activity with no penile vaginal intercourse (PVI), and PVI. Discounting all other factors, the couples who reported regular PVI and not other sexual activity showed significantly lower blood pressure reactivity. Have more sex – lower your blood pressure. That’s a great prescription!

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Marriage Maintenance

This is a guest post from our friends, Mike and Gayle Tucker at Mad About Marriage.

Maintenance is boring UNTIL something breaks down.

These 5 tips are routine maintenance healthy couples follow to stay happy:

1) They tackle problems.

Problems are a reality of life.

Some come from the inside our marriage relationship and others from the outside.

Doesn’t matter whether they’re internal or external, problems must be dealt with.

Healthy couples stay happy because they tackle problems – they don’t stick their heads in the sand.

2) They understand.

Next time you’re disappointed, upset or frustrated with your spouse, try to understand where they’re coming from.

Do what grown ups do: Start a conversation.

Think twice before assuming, attacking or accusing.

You might discover it’s just a simple misunderstanding.

How do you keep from having full-blown, in-your-face conflicts? By dealing with simple misunderstandings along the way.

Healthy couples stay happy because they seek to understand each other.

3) They act.

We have a tendency to react to our environments and relationships.

The challenge is that if this becomes a dominant pattern in our marriage, we can easily create a marital environment where we all we’re doing is reacting to problems.

It’s good to remember that marriage isn’t always about solving problems.

Marriage is about celebrating life and love, which is a pattern of action that keeps love ignited.

So come up with special dates or surprises for your partner; recreate romantic moments.

Be active, not reactionary.

Healthy couples stay happy because they take action to savor life and love.

4) They express their feelings.

Don’t assume your spouse knows you love them.

Healthy couples stay happy because they demonstrate their love routinely.

5. They make love.

If sexual fulfillment is weak or missing from your marriage, your relationship is unhealthy.

Granted, there are situations where, due to a medical situation, sexual intimacy might be lacking.

But generally speaking, a sexless marriage is an unhealthy marriage.

But before blaming your partner for drop-kicking your relationship into the “friend zone” where you behave more like roommates than lovers, evaluate your own behavior to see if anything might be throwing cold water on the fires of sexual intimacy.

Healthy couples stay happy because they enjoy mutually satisfying sex.

These are a few ways healthy couples stay happy.

If things aren’t running as smoothly as you would like, then maybe it’s time for a little routine maintenance.

Your Health and Your Sex – Part 4

by Karl Leukert

We continue to be fascinated by the research that continues to be done that shows the link between your health and your sex. Truly they cannot be separated and in an Unashamed Marriage, regular sexual activity is part of the process of getting and remaining healthy. Here is PART FOUR of some of the reasons with links to the source material so you can read them for yourself. (Read part one HERE, part two HERE, and part three HERE.)

1) In an Unashamed Marriage, we believe that God intended husbands and wives to enjoy a wide variety of sexual enjoyment. However, we advise that it was God’s design that penile-vaginal intercourse be the main activity in marriage. His first command to Adam and Eve was to be fruitful and 7ad2135189b73ea0cce17c70a53d90d3multiply and there was only one way for that to happen. Once again, science confirms the benefits of this original plan. In the linked study, it shows the results of research that correlated all of the studies done on the benefits of various types of sexual activities. What was shown was that of all activity, regular intercourse is the most health producing sexual activity you can engage in. Condom use reduces this somewhat. “Other sexual activities have weaker, no, or (in the cases of masturbation and anal intercourse) inverse associations with health indices.” This is one more reason why pornography and masturbation should not be part of an Unashamed Marriage.

2) Numerous scientific studies have shown that women tend to live longer than men do. For wives, there are a number of thing they can do to help their husbands “catch up” to them in longevity. Of course exercise, eat a healthy diet, get plenty of rest, etc., we all know. But, according to a study in South Wales, the greater the frequency of sex, the longer men tend to live, taking into account all other factors. Wives, you may not want your husbands to read this. Look at this response to the abstract posting from a doctor.

Dear Sirs:

Over the years I have found an effective method of educating my patients is to make a copy of the first page of selected journal articles regarding topics which I feel are important to their health.

This has proven to be a useful way to motivate patients to make changes in their lifestyle, or to accept new therapies. There is something about seeing a recommendation in writing with the title of the journal at the top of the page that seems to motivate patients better than just the doctor’s word.

I recently made a copy of Dr. George Smith’s article on “sex and death”, and presented a copy to several of my married female patients for their opinion as to it’s usefulness.

I was caught completely off guard by their response. I was informed in no uncertain terms that if their husbands were ever made aware of this article or given a copy, I would have a very unhappy patient on my hands.

I have since taken a random survey of several more married female patients and hospital employees, and have found almost unanimous agreement with the sentiments of my initial group of patients. Several individuals felt this information might even lead to a deterioration in their marital relationship.

Hence, although this article presents some very interesting statistical data, it may not have a lot of practical significance in the real world, at least in one area of rural USA.

Sincerely,

Gary W. Berger, M.D.

3) Every year in the United States, billions of dollars is spent trying to discover the fountain of youth. Many women think they have discovered it in a syringe filled with Botox. According to recent research in Scotland, instead of a fountain, it may actually be springs of youth, as in bed springs. Over 10 years, scientists have had 3,500 individuals from Europe and America ranging in age from 20 to 104 come into interview rooms where they asked them a series of questions about their lifestyles. While this was taking place they were being watched through a 2-way mirror by volunteer judges who were guessing their ages. When all the data was tabulated, it was discovered that the people watching guessed the ages on average 7 to 12 years younger than the participants actual ages. Of all the things that was a determining factor in the appearance of youth, regular sexual activity was the second most important behind overall health, with a 3 times a week being the optimum frequency. The research also indicated that casual sex doesn’t count in providing this benefit. It only occurs in a long-term committed relationship – LIKE MARRIAGE!

Your Health and Your Sex – Part 3

by Karl Leukert

How important is it to remain sexually active as we age? We have two sections on this in this. Read on to also find out how sex can actually make you smarter. (Read part one HERE and part two HERE.)

1) One of the unfortunate parts of aging is that certain activities – including sex – tend to go through change. Frequency, intensity and duration of all physical exertion will diminish.But, according to a Dutch research study reported on in an article by the Wall Street Journal, if couples will continue to be sexually active or at least keep a positive attitude about their desire for and pleasure received from OlderCouple-©iStockphoto.comSTEEXtheir sexual activity, it will have a significant impact on their cognitive function later in life. According to the abstract of the study itself, “general cognitive functioning (Mini–Mental State Examination), memory performance (Auditory Verbal Learning Test), processing speed (Coding Task), and fluid intelligence (Raven’s Coloured Progressive Matrices),” all showed significant positive correlation, particularly for women. As you age, do all you can to remain sexually active and keep enjoying what God created to the full!

2) We don’t know what it is about the Dutch and sex research, but another study done there shows yet another amazing benefit that the Creator designed from husbands and wives enjoying knowing each other – physically, emotionally, and spiritually. According to the results of this study, when individuals are sexually aroused, even just thinking about sex, they score higher on tests requiring critical thinking skills. In other words, sex itself can make you smarter!

3) One more effect of aging, this one for men, is prostate issues. According to research, God made provision for this in that wives can help their husbands avoid this by making sure they have frequent sex. In fact, according to the numbers, the minimum goal should be 4 times a week. Now that is something to put on your calendar and plan for!