While it may seem surprising, men in happy relationships don’t list sex as the leading reason for their satisfaction, according to a new international study.

When researchers interviewed more than 1,000 couples who have been happily married for more than 25 years in the US, Brazil, Germany, Japan and Spain, they learned some surprising secrets. For men, happiness is found in good health, frequent cuddling and kissing and the ability to give his partner an orgasm. Add caressing and more frequent sex and women reported being happier as well.

The study from the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University is the first to score satisfaction in committed, long-term relationships.Longevity creates happy relationships, researchers noted. Women in relationships for 15 years or less reported less sexual satisfaction. For those in relationships for over 15 years, satisfaction increased. Contrary to stereotypes, the more partners a man has had diminished overall sexual satisfaction.

“It’s important to note that though divorce rates are high in the US, couples tend to stay married—more than 50% of US couples remain in their first marriage,” said Julia Heiman, director of The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction.

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