Couples who are intimate on a weekly basis are the happiest, according to a new study.
Researchers said they looked at sex frequency for the study, the results of which were released this week in The Society for Personality and Social Psychology.
They said more sex may not necessarily make a person happier.
“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, the study’s lead researcher. “Our findings suggest that it’s important to maintain an intimate connection with your partner, but you don’t need to have sex everyday as long as you’re maintaining that connection.”
Muise said previous studies and research claimed that more sex boosts happiness.
However, the new study of more than 30,000 Americans collected over four decades suggests that upping the frequency is not the way to go.
Muise said it’s possible for single people that the link between sex and happiness is dependent on a number of factors such as relationship context.
The findings were most representative of married heterosexual couples or those in established relationships, researchers said.
To learn more about the study and to see the complete results, click here.
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