Depending on how you feel about sex, this news might be good or it might be the worst thing ever. A recent study suggests that couples who have sex multiple times a week aren’t generating any more happiness than couples that only get down once a week.
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The study, led by social psychologist Amy Muise, and published in Social Psychological & Personality Science, involved over 25,000 Americans, aged 18 to 89. After pouring over the data, Muise and her research team found that the amount of sex people involved in relationships had did factor into their general happiness and well-being, but it eventually topped out, no longer increasing participants’ well-being. The study suggests that having sex with your partner just once a week is the sweet spot; meaning that it’s not necessary for couples to aim for having as much sex as possible in order to be happy (though it’s still fun).
Muise suggests that it is important to maintain a sexual connection with your partner, but it’s also important to have realistic expectations for your and your partner’s sex life. What about those people who aren’t in a relationship? There was no trend observed between sexual frequency and happiness. So, even if you’re single and ready to mingle, there’s a good chance that sex will only make you happy up to a point. The bottom line is sex can make you happier, but there’s a threshold. You can check out the study for yourself at the link below.
Sexual Frequency Predicts Greater Well-Being, But More is Not Always Better [Social Psychological & Personality Science via The Daily Beast]