Is A Couple Happier If They Have More Sex?

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Is A Couple Happier Together If They Have A Healthy Sex Life??

My Thoughts

I have always thought that if a couple had a healthy sex life then they would be happier in their relationship with each other.  It got me thinking about whether or not this was actually true and if the amount of sex and how intense the sex is really does affect a couple’s relationship. Just how much sex is the right amount?


The First Research Study That I Found

Lead researcher Amy Muise found some interesting information during a research study that was published by the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.  Amy Muise states, “Although more frequent sex is associated with greater happiness, this link was no longer significant at a frequency of more than once a week.   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.”

couples may want to work on creating an environment that sparks their desire and makes the sex that they do have even more fun.”

This research study was based on surveys from over 30,000 people that were collected for over 40 years.  The study was done on only married people and the information collected could not be used to conclude if having sex once a week makes couples happier or if a happy relationship caused the couples to have sex once a week. It is difficult to predict which one is the cause and which one is the effect, the only thing we can be for sure is that there exist such a correlation.

couple having sex, hot sex

A Different Research Study

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University found that more sex did not make couples happier as they believed it would.  The study was published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.  64 couples took part in this study, in which half continued to have sex as they normally would and the other half doubled the amount of sex that they had each week.

more sex did not make couples happier as they believed it would

At the end of the study, the couples who had sex more often reported that there was a small decrease in happiness.  The couples also stated that they felt less sexual desire and less enjoyment during sex.  The researchers believe that the couples felt this way because they were being forced to have sex instead of doing it for their own personal enjoyment.

Research scientist, Tamar Krishnamurti states, “Instead of focusing on increasing sexual frequency to the levels they experienced at the beginning of a relationship, couples may want to work on creating an environment that sparks their desire and makes the sex that they do have even more fun.”

happy couple, married couple, happy married couple

Finally A Study That Supports My Way Of Thinking!

David Blanchflower and Andrew Oswald wrote a paper called Money, Sex and Happiness: An Empirical Study.  The paper was the final product of a study that involved 16,000 American adults.  According to the paper, sexual activity does actually increase a person’s happiness. This study also found an interesting subgroup:

Sexual activity appears to have greater effects on the happiness of highly educated people than those with low levels of education

It also goes further to say that highly educated women tend to have less sexual partners than their less educated counterparts. No specific correlation was found noted for men, but one thing that surprised me was that a greater income does not necessarily equal more sexual partners, not even for men.

I’m Still Going To Say That I’m Right

While I did not find as much evidence as I had hoped that I would in order to prove that my theory was correct, I still believe that I am right.  When a couple enjoys having sex and has it more often, it is because they are happy with their relationship and each other.  The relationship can only continue to get better because of the sex.

greater income does not necessarily equal more sexual partners



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