Why Your Dry Spell Is Even Worse Than You Think

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Scientific research says weekly sex is a key to happiness, but probably not for the reasons you think.

Researchers have announced that frequent sex makes people happier. For everyone who didn’t find themselves a winter cling for the last few months, you’re probably more than aware that the inverse is true. Now, before you yawn and say “I’m well aware….”, it’s not that sex makes people happier, it’s the quantity required and a qualitative analysis of how much happier some nooky makes you that makes this research noteable. The British Psychological Society Research Digest examined several recent studies.


Having sex once a week gives someone the same emotional boost as making an extra $50k a year. Now, before you come back with “Money doesn’t give you happiness”, think about how “not happy” you’d be if you just won $50,000 on a lottery ticket. Of course, there are diminishing returns, both in regards to financial boosts to happiness…and sexual boosts to happiness. If you’re making $25k a year, $50k will make your life a whole lot better. If you’re making $450,000 a year, it’s not going to make much of a difference.

Long story short, if you’re broke, you really need to get naked with someone. Try it. You’ll like it. You won’t hate life quite so much. If you’re loaded, chances are you’re already getting some. If you’re not and you’re finding yourself pretty miserable, try hooking up.

The good/bad news is that you don’t have to have sex all the time to get this benefit. Once a week should suffice. More than that is great, but brings diminishing emotional returns. Anything below that and you’re missing out (though you already know that).

Why Sex Makes Us Happy

Actually, it’s not the sex that is making people feel good; it’s the cuddling and affection that goes along with it.

Debrot and her team said their studies represented a rare attempt to bridge the typically separate fields of sex research and relationship research. “When engaging in sex, people not only seek an intimate connection, but indeed experience more affection, both when having sex and in the next several hours,” they said. “Hence sex seems not only beneficial because of its physiological or hedonic effects, but because it promotes a stronger and more positive connection with the partner.”

This probably explains why Agent Smeckers is so cranky.

“Sexual activity might compensate for the diminished well-being in partners having difficulties adequately exchanging affection.”

So there you go. Sex leads to cuddling which leads to affection which reinforces relationships which make people happy.

None of which does you any good if you haven’t found someone to have sex with. So get on that. Tinder is calling.

-Tristan Pinnock, Blast Happiness Correspondent

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