Scientists from the University of Toronto have recently discovered the answer to a very important question regarding sex and happiness: How are they related?
The team of researchers studied the information collected by the U.S. General Social Survey since 1972, and came up with a research group of over 25,000 people, with ages ranging between 18 and 89.
The group had answered question regarding their sex life and their relationship status. The questions the researchers were interested in were related to the subjects’ sexual frequency, their happiness levels, and their relationship status.
After analyzing all the data from the over 25,000 subjects, the scientists came to some pretty interesting conclusions regarding sex and personal happiness.
According to the paper, the happiest people were those who had sex once per week. However, the positive trend between the amount of a sex a person had and their level of happiness stopped being applicable to people who had sex more than once per week.
Indeed, a subject who had sex less than once per week would have a lower happiness level than someone who had sex more often, however if the subject had sex more than once per week, their happiness level did not seem to increase.
The second element that did not factor in the over-all trend was not being in a relationship. For subjects who declared themselves single, the frequency of their sexual encounters did not seem to affect their happiness levels.
Wanting to quantify their findings into more applicable terms, the team of researchers related the study to a different one, regarding income.
Apparently, people having sex once a month were less happy than people having sex once a week, just like people earning around $20,000 a year were less happy than people earning around $60,000 a year. However, the difference in happiness was a lot more noticeable in the case of sex.
This research raises a very interesting point, as the scientists were not able to establish if being happy led to more sex, or if more sex led to being happier. However, the researchers say, happiness tends to level off at some point, in this case, it being after having sex once a week.
However, the scientists advise against couples that are in strained relations increasing their sex life in order to increase their happiness, as another study shows that forcing your sexuality when in a rocky relationship will only lead to more distress.
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