04/29/2008 01:23 pm ET Updated Nov 17, 2011

17 Things That Are Better Than Sex

Okay, the whole world pretty much agrees that sex is just about the best thing there is. Some of the time. But let's face it: it can get better. How? When? Well, here are 17 things that can be better than sex:

1. The anticipation of sex with someone you're crazy about.

2. Slipping under warm covers on a cold night.

3. Saying "I love you" for the first time.

4. The first chocolate chip cookie at the end of a long, successful diet.

5. Those golden moments when you feel smart and beautiful.

6. Rediscovering your first love.

7. Realizing you're totally over the guy who did you wrong.

8. Finding the perfect dress, in your size, marked half off.

9. Skydiving. And landing in one piece.

10. Doing the thing that terrifies you - giving the speech, meeting his parents - and feeling yourself move beyond your fear.

11. Taking the pregnancy test, and getting the result you hope for.

12. Going to Paris for the first time. And the second and third times too.

13. The kind of massage that makes you so relaxed you drool.

14. Making up after a big fight.

15. Feeling the baby finally nod off in your arms.

16. Unwrapping the present and finding it's the thing you didn't even dare to want.

17. Wanting what you already have.

Pamela Redmond Satran is the author of 1000 Ways To Be A Slightly Better Woman, a BookSense Notable book from which this list is excerpted. Her website is