Every single day, rain or shine, this couple had sex. And after keeping up their streak for a whole year, there were some important lessons learned along the way.
No, it didn't make their marriage fail-proof, per se, but it did have significant effects in other areas.
In a testimonial about the 365 days of sex with her husband, author Brittany Gibbons wrote,
My relationship with my husband, and my body, had changed in amazing ways.
Gibbons says the experiment was sparked by the way she looked at herself in the mirror. After having three kids, she didn't want to see herself naked. She would wait for her husband to leave the room before getting dressed.
It got to the point that she even wondered whether her husband knew what she looked like without clothes anymore. But then she got the idea of having sex every day from another strong couple who did just that.
Having sex every day for a year seemed obnoxious, but also an intriguing way to force myself into facing my body each day. I mean eventually, the covers would have to come off and the lights would have to stay on, right?
The thought of having sex every day "exhausted" her at first, and that making time in her schedule for it was "draining."
Pretty soon though, she got more used to it. Gibbons wrote that the more she had sex with her husband, the more she... ended up having sex with her husband.
Sex begat more sex, and those connected, loved up feelings began to creep outside of the bedroom—or in our case, the laundry room, the closet and our garage—and into our everyday lives.
With time, she became less mindful about her own body and the sounds it made during sex, and more concerned with enjoying herself.
She eventually transitioned to wearing nothing during sex, having become more comfortable with her body.
For the first time, I was more concerned with every part of sex that felt good than finding a flattering angle to hide my stomach or back fat. My body was being enjoyed by the both of us, equally.
Three years have passed since Gibbons and her husband pulled off that experiment, and they are no longer having sex every day. But the lessons from that year remain important.
Gibbons wrote that she and her husband were able to figure out the amount of intimacy they needed in their lives. She also said that she became a better mother, woman and wife when she felt good about herself.
The sex also helped reinforce her perception of what marriage is supposed to be. Gibbons wrote,
Fitting sex into all of that is difficult, but for us, it's necessary. Sex is what reminds us that we're intimate partners and not just roommates in charge of keeping kids alive.
All in all, the non-stop sex for a year seems to have been a life-changing experience for her.
Citations: Harpers Bazaar