Yesterday, in the States, many of us joined friends and family for Thanksgiving. I host my large family every year and am usually too frenetic to be thankful for much until the meal is done, the dishes are washed, and my mom is making turkey stew which we freeze and then eat all year. But then, when the day is almost at its end, I do try and think about all that I am thankful for.

Somewhere on that list is always romance novels. Over the years, this genre has, in so many ways, improved my life, my marriage, my sex life, and my sense of joy. I am beyond thankful.

Romance novels have also made me wiser and better educated. From them I’ve learned about wuxia martial-arts and 5th century Chinese history, the Hanover/Stuart conflict, and the complexity of British shipping records. I’ve significantly upgraded my knowledge of  hockey, football, and skiing. I could, of course, go on and on.

What about you? What are the best things you’ve learned from reading romance? The more specific, the better!