9 Forms of Affection More Intimate than Sex ...

Sex is an intimate act, but it's not the only activity that will bring you closer to your partner. That's why you shouldn't rush into sex. If you're not ready for it, there are plenty of other forms of affection that are equally as sweet. Here are a few things that you can do to strengthen your bond with your partner without removing your clothes:

1. Holding Hands in Public

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Unfortunately, sex doesn't mean much to certain people. There are guys who will sleep with any woman they see, but they'll only hold hands in public with a special someone. Holding hands might not seem like that big of a deal, but it means that your man is proud to show you off and wants to let others know that you're together.

2. Meeting the Family

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Meeting your boyfriend's family is a huge step. It means that he's serious about your relationship. He wouldn't introduce you to the people he loves if he thought you'd be breaking up anytime soon. Meeting his family means he's in it for the long haul.

3. Giving Non-Sexual Kisses

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There's a reason why so many women love forehead kisses. It's because they aren't meant to lead to anything. Getting a kiss on the head is sweeter than getting one on the lips, because it isn't meant to lead to sex or even a make out session. It's just to show you he cares.

4. Cuddling

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Cuddling allows you to be physically and emotionally close to your partner. Even though your bodies are close together, you aren't touching in a sexual way. You're happy just to be cuddling.

5. Staring into Each Other's Eyes

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It's difficult to stare into another person's eyes. For some reason, we view it as awkward, which is why we tend to glance away every few seconds during conversations. However, if you and your partner are so comfortable around each other that you can look lovingly into each other's eyes for hours on ends, then you have something special.

6. Sharing Comfortable Silence

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Speaking of comfort, if you two can sit together without talking, you can consider it a form of intimacy. Silences are awkward when you're around acquaintances. They're only relaxing when you're with someone that you're completely comfortable with.

7. Sharing Secrets

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Offering your body to someone is different than offering your secrets to them. After all, it's easier to kiss someone than it is to open up to them about your hopes and dreams. If your partner shares their deepest secrets with you, you must mean a lot to them.

8. Telling inside Jokes

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You don't have inside jokes with strangers. You have them with your closest friends. And if your boyfriend isn't your friend, what's the point of dating him? Intimacy isn't all about doing sweet things together. It's about doing fun things, too.

9. Slow Dancing

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Grinding is sexual. Slow dancing is romantic. If you and your partner are able to sway back and fourth to music, or even when the room is completely silent, it's an intimate act.

You don't have to have sex in order to be intimate with your partner. There are plenty of other ways to express your feelings and strengthen your bond. What do you think is the most intimate activity that two people could engage in?

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