For molten_dragon, the fact that she can anticipate his needs and happily manipulate him into feeling great is peak marital bliss.
“I’ve been in kind of a funk lately. Work is more stressful than usual right now. And I have mild SAD which is hitting its peak at about this point in the year. Last night when I tried to initiate sex she pulled away and playfully said, “Nope, if you want me tonight you have to earn it.” Cue the wrestling and giggling, and eventually the really good sex. And I’ll be damned if that wasn’t exactly what I needed to put me in a better mood, at least for awhile.
Having someone that can read my moods that well, and knows how to cheer me up without me having to say anything reminds me exactly why I married her, and how lucky I am that she still puts up with me.”