Here’s How Much Sex You Should Be Having for Optimal Happiness

Posted by on October 19, 2017 in Conscious Living, Relationships & Sex with 18 Comments
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By Taryn Hillin | Fusion

If having sex makes one happy, one might assume that having more sex will lead to more happiness. Currently having sex twice a week? Why not aim for daily!

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But this isn’t always the case. After all, we face a limited number of hours in the day and we have a limited supply of energy—so where’s the sweet spot? What’s the ~perfect~ amount of sex for maximizing happiness?

In a new study, researchers at the University of Toronto-Mississauga in Canada examined data from more than 30,000 Americans collected over four decades to attempt to answer this very question. They found that, for people in relationships, more sex is generally associated with more happiness—but only up to a certain point.

That point, they discovered? Having sex once a week appears to be the greatest bang for your buck.

“Although more frequent sex is associated with greater happiness, this link was no longer significant at a frequency of more than once a week,” said Amy Muise, a social psychologist and the lead researcher, in a press release.

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Muise and her team came to this conclusion after analyzing data from two big American surveys—the General Social Survey (GSS), a nationally representative survey conducted almost annually, and the National Survey of Families and Households (NSFH).

In both surveys, participants were asked questions about both their sexual frequency and their happiness levels, with questions such as, “Taken all together, how would you say things are these days—would you say that you are very happy, pretty happy, or not too happy?” Some participants also answered more general questions about life satisfaction, relationship satisfaction, and income.

For people in relationships, knocking boots once a week was linked to peak happiness, but having sex more frequently did not lead to the same return on happiness. Here’s what that looks like in a chart—notice the curve is not the same for single people.

Notably, in one analysis, the researchers also compared how income was linked to participants’ happiness versus how sexual frequency was linked to their happiness—and they found that “the increase in well-being gained from engaging in sex less than once a month compared to once a week is larger than the increase in well-being gained from making between $15,000-$25,000 per year and making $50,000-$75,000 per year.”

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  1. 505548366289520@facebook.com' Fonda Torres says:

    Aw.

  2. 1487327161594826@facebook.com' Paul Bishop says:

    Lmao Amiee, check this out ??

  3. 1511235129203002@facebook.com' Pamela Diez says:

    Personally i like it but i have to be friends first and really love that person and that person has to feel the same way about me.wam bam thank you mam is not for me,it has to be with the right person.also it is not just that,it has to be more.

  4. 1511235129203002@facebook.com' Pamela Diez says:

    One more thing i need to feel chemistry,thats it.

  5. 1654446231505550@facebook.com' Brett Christison says:

    And visa versa

  6. 660769817399408@facebook.com' Cherie Wallace Blanchard says:

    Once a week! The way I read that graph, 2-3 times a week was peak for both coupled and single people, and I’m sticking to it!

  7. 152511568431358@facebook.com' Dehlia Jane Cook says:

    Everyone is different but at least once a day is fair, and that’s not just any sex, I expect to get off every time…foreplay is essential.

  8. 10153930526110312@facebook.com' Satta Talis says:

    at least in the morning and at night,
    keeps things happy and light?

  9. 200832253584222@facebook.com' Jamie Bellwood says:

    Heaps and Heaps and Heaps don’t stop????

  10. 1521124138211736@facebook.com' Stephanie Nuzzolo says:

    No.Women want affection. Its not about sex for most women. It seems like that’s all men can concentrate on though which becomes annoying.

  11. 1470616433268394@facebook.com' Kevin Dover says:

    Lol… This is funny

  12. 815194181931899@facebook.com' Brent Been says:

    Reading all of this makes me horny. Damn I need to get some booty ! 🙂

  13. 10208177558546365@facebook.com' Dennis L Stevens says:

    Yea, when you’re in your 20’s it’s obvious that you want to hump like bunny rabbits doing it every day. We all do, or did, but when you get older it’s more about ‘quality over quantity’. I agree that ‘once a week ‘ makes it much more special, more intimate more exciting. We are all different in our libido, our ages and our sex drive. Making love becomes much more special when it’s not based on keeping score but when it’s a special loving time that we can actually look forward to and savor.

  14. maniekmanna@gmail.com' dr joint says:

    i treat sex now like kundalini energy activation method for both of us. twice a day is . i am 44 and . all depends how quickly can you re charge(kidneys strenght, meditation, proper food kl energy work through breathing, ). yes chemistry (aura vibration smell is essential, this is enlightenment process with the one and only. one side jump and all is gone forever. anal sex is very helpful(for women) stimulates root chakra. essentially the more sex the better cod you test your own man limitations, fight it, win it learn from it.
    dr joint:-) is helpful as well :-)thewayofblindman.com

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