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... Watching sunsets 'most romantic' pastime Watching sunsets 'most romantic' pastime

2 September 2008

Watching a sunset snuggled up to your loved one is the most romantic pastime, according to a survey of British couples.

More than 50 per cent of Britons feel that watching the beautiful horizon in a convertible is the top thing that gets them in the mood for love – even more than the most famous aphrodisiac oysters.

The poll by Vauxhall also found that candlelit dinners were the second in line when it came to romantic pastimes, with 34 per cent of respondents voting for it.

According to those who voted for romantic sunsets, 64 per cent said they created a romantic atmosphere, while 24 per cent said watching the scene made them feel closer to their loved one.

Sharing a bubble bath made up the top three taking eight per cent of the votes by loved-up respondents.

Commenting on the research, behavioural expert Judi James said: "There are two key reasons why we find sunsets so romantic – the first of which relates to our senses. The range of stunning colours displayed can create a feeling of calm and happiness that is shared with anyone we’re with, often resulting in a minor form of what’s called an 'ecstatic state'.

"Secondly, there's nothing that makes us more inclined towards love and romance than being gently reminded of our own mortality. Sunsets herald the end of the day and show us a moment of context, reminding us of our role in the universe rather than the minor issues of our daily lives."

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