For couples that just can't find a spark, spanking could be the answer. Anything that brings you together in a shared activity, the thinking goes. Seriously.

Scientists studied hormonal changes in people at S&M parties and found they rose for those on the receiving end. Also "couples who said the party went well also reported increases in relationship closeness." Other shared activities might do the trick, too. "It doesn't have to be tying up your partner or placing clamps on their nipples, it could be something as simple as cooking a meal together or even doing the housework as a duo," said psychologist Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire in the UK.

Who said science is straight-laced?

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