Why You *Should* Call Each Other Embarrassing Pet Names

According to a recent survey, couples who use pet names are generally happier and have stronger relationships than those who don’t.

 According to the survey, going all in on using pet names increased couples’ relationship satisfaction by 16 percent in the US. And 90 percent of those who call their partner “beautiful,” “gorgeous,” “baby,” or “cutie,” are happy in their relationship, compared to only 56 percent of twosomes who don’t use pet names. Meanwhile, “daddy” was pretty much universally loathed by everyone… except when used in the bedroom ;).

 But beyond the standard terms of endearment, making up unique names for each other can carry a lot of weight too.

 Pet names are indeed a sign of comfort in a relationship, the survey found, because you know each other well enough to develop your own little love language. And these names don’t have to be ones you’ve heard other people use, like “sweetie” or “honey.” You can get as weird as your heart’s desire! It’s your relationship. Call each other whatever you want.