The general assumption is that sex and happiness have a direct relationship: having more sex leads to more happiness. Sounds about right, huh? But a new study published in the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization shows that having sex won’t necessarily make you happier. After observing 64 married heterosexual couples, split into two groups (those told to increase sexy-time and those functioning as normal) over three months, researchers found that simply having more sex did not make the couples any happier. In fact, in this study, it led to a slight decrease in happiness. So until a study comes about that can be done without turning sex into a to-do list task, it’s hard to say if a good romp will boost your mood any more than some retail therapy or an ice cream cone. It may even be that happier people just have more sex, not the other way around.
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