1. How Sex Makes You Happier

    There are endless studies that show sex makes us happier.

    From improving long term relationships, to boosting our cognitive ability as we age, to even reducing physical pain, sex gives us plenty of reasons to smile

    But, how does it work? How does a cheeky romp between the sheets do so much for our well-being?

    In this blog we take a deeper look at sex and happiness, to discover why getting lucky makes us feel so damn good.


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    Over the Christmas season, I was watching plenty of Christmas films (obviously), including one of my all-time favourites, The Holiday.

    This year, I noticed a line that had somehow flown under my radar throughout my adult life.

    Graham (Jude Law): "How do you feel about foreplay?"

    Amanda (Cameron Diaz): "I think it's overrated. Significantly overrated."

    WHAT?! I spend a lot of time advocating for foreplay. I don’t think people are using it to its full potential.

    I love talking about the erogenous zones of the body, why the definitions of ‘foreplay’ and ‘sex’ are a little blurry, and why differentiating between those things can be damaging for people and their sex lives.

    Somehow, I never seem to talk about why people should spend more time doing it, and why it’s most definitely not overrated! So here goes:

    Six text toys in Sexas?

    Discover what Annabelle is on about, as she shares some of the strangest facts about sex toys throughout history. From a vibrator made from angry bees to the world's oldest dildo, these facts will make you grateful for your rabbit.

    Don't forget to subscribe to keep up to date with all our vlogs every week!

    Whether you've just met someone new or have been married for years, sex games are a fantastic way to add a new level of fun and excitement to your relationship.

    Set some time aside to play one of these specially designed games together and you'll find yourself connecting in a completely new way. You'll rediscover one another, experience new things and create some explosive sexy nights to remember.

    Whether you're looking for games to spice up foreplay, strengthen your relationship or broaden your experience this guide picks out the most popular games we sell and will help you choose the right one to ignite that sexy spark.

    Above: Lovehoney Oh! is filled with great sexy games to spice up your foreplay. Take a closer look with Sammi Cole in this video guide.

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    Remember Sex Ed in school? Was it all videos of toilet cubicles and/or kids jumping into swimming pools? If so, your experience was similar to the vast majority; solely based on the ins-and-outs of 'baby-making', involving some extremely clinical descriptions of heterosexual sex.

    So, why hasn't Sex Ed been dragged by the balls kicking and screaming into the 21st -century? There's an overwhelming need for an all-inclusive curriculum offering age-appropriate, relevant relationship and queer-inclusive advice and information.

    This week, Sammi, Nick are joined by writer and broadcaster, Riyadh Khalaf, and they share their thoughts on LGBTQ and Sex Education.

    And of course, we cover our usual segments "You can never know enough about sex" and "Question of the week" where we share what we've learned about sex this week, and answer your sex questions.

    Got a question or topic you want us to cover? Email us at podcast@lovehoney.com or comment below.

    You can find us on iTunes, Soundcloud and Spotify. New episodes every Wednesday. Subscribe to stay up to date!

    Black Friday Ultimate Shopping Therapy POTW

    If your default pose this week has been "thumb-hovering-over-the-refresh-button-on-your-favourite-website-waiting-for-the-hottest-Black-Friday-deals", then this is the sex position for you.

    Look, we know pulling out your phone mid-moment is usually a no-no, but if our incredible deals have got you hot under the collar, then this variation on the classic reverse cowgirl lets you and your partner fill your baskets, as well as your boots.

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    We're just kidding, of course. Once you've bagged yourself the best Black Friday butt plug bargain around (phew), or finally treated yourself to the lingerie you've been lusting after for months, then put the devices away and spend some quality one-on-one time with your boo, without distraction.

    So that you can just lie back and enjoy without getting thumb strain from all the scrolling, we've picked out some of our favourite Cyber Weekend deals below, too. Don't say we don't treat you.

    why-intimacy-is-more-than-sex

    Don't get us wrong, stripping down and bumping your uglies against another pair of uglies is a pretty intimate act.

    But when it comes to building, maintaining and reclaiming a close romantic relationship, sex is just one piece of the puzzle.

    Intimacy is a fundamental part of successful romantic relationships. In this blog we explore ways to build intimacy, which don't necessarily include sex.

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    Lights off. Bit of cuddle. Some kissing. Sex.

    Lights off. Bit of cuddle. Some kissing. Sex.

    Lights off. Bit of cuddle. Some kissing. Sex.

    Lights off. Bit of a cuddle – do you see where we're going with this?

    If sex is always initiated the same way in your relationship, your love life tends to get quite predictable. Boredom is something we put up with on a long train trip or during a staff meeting – it's not something we should be experiencing in the bedroom!

    Try any of these 6 fun ways to initiate sex the next time you want to break away from your usual routine (remember to always get clear consent from your partner, no matter how they seem to be responding to your advances).

    8-hands-free-toys-for-people-with-a-vulva

    We've all had a need for hands-free pleasure. Maybe you're sick of your usual positioning, you have a physical disability or your hands have gone numb from holding that vibrator – I've got you.

    I absolutely adore the move towards accessible toy design, and there are some fantastic hands-free toys out there, particularly for people with vulvas!

    Here's a few of my favourites!

    7-best-sex-positions-for-using-your-vibrator

    We get so caught up in using our vibrators for solo play that we often forget to bring our sex toys to the party!

    Vibrators are great for masturbating with, but they also have the ability to take sex with a partner from fun to phenomenal.

    What's more, if you are someone who can't orgasm from internal stimulation alone (and believe us, you're not the only one!) then incorporating your favourite vibe into your sex life could be a game-changer.

    Here are 7 of the best sex positions for adding in your vibrator – there are countless more but those are for you and your vibe to discover first-hand!

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