Enjoy a Happier and Healthier Sex Life

Resolve to improve communication with partners for a better new year

A new year often brings the desire to make changes in one's life. Whether it's to lose weight, quit smoking, or reach business goals, New Year's resolutions are a good time to think positively.

"The best New Year's resolutions are the ones that are attainable and provide some long-term benefits," said Astroglide Ambassador, Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright . "When it comes to enjoying time with your partner, it's vital to be verbally and physically committed." Dr. Fulbright offers her expert advice to individuals who want to make New Year's resolutions that will not only help them, but also provide a boost to their relationship.  

-Make a verbal commitment to being more passionate with your partner throughout the New Year. Agree to have more sex, kisses (or whatever you decide is most important to your situation) to encourage a more intimate connection. Share these commitments during a wine toast or other significant event so it really sticks in your mind and heart.

-Coordinate your calendar with your spouse to setup flirty lunch dates, movie nights, and massage evenings. Don't deny that you are busy and embrace the fun side of making sexy plans. Pick a certain day and time to give you something to look forward to during work. You also need to strategize with your partner to ensure you can keep each other on a proper schedule.

-Have an open New Year's discussion about what it means to both of you to have a happy and healthier sex life. Keep it positive by first pointing out what aspects of your partner you love, and then come up with fun suggestions for making your love life spicier.

-Build a plan that lays the foundation for happier and better sex in 2013. For example, change birth control methods if you aren't satisfied with the current method or pick a personal lubricant for extra-intimate fun. Plan out a romantic getaway for the spring to keep the passion burning.

Dr. Yvonne K. Fulbright is a noted international sexologist, sex educator, author, relationship expert, advice columnist, and television and radio personality. She holds a Ph.D. in International Community Health Studies from New York University and is the author of nine books regarding sexuality and relationships. To sign up for Yvonne's daily tips on enhancing sexual satisfaction, and to read an informative Q&A section, visit astroglide.com/AskYvonne.aspx.

Visit astroglide.com for more information about the company's complete line of personal lubricant products. Check out our newest blog, Better 2gether, on Tumbler for tips and stories to enhance your partnership.