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Why Having More Sex Might Not Make You Any Happier

December 8, 2015 by Justin Lehmiller

Who’s likely to be happier: a couple having sex once per week, or a couple having sex once per day? Intuitively, most people would probably say that the couple getting it on every day is the happiest. But is it true? Not necessarily. According to a new set of studies published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, more isn’t always better when it comes to how often couples are having sex.

I discuss the results of this research in a recent article over at Playboy. The findings fundamentally change our understanding of how sexual frequency and happiness are associated. Rather than being a perfectly linear relationship (as many scientists had previously assumed), it appears that sex and happiness increase together only to a point, and then things level off. In other words, there appears to be a limit on how happy sex can make you and, once you reach that limit, there seems to be little left to gain. Check out the full article for a closer look at this research and to learn more about what the leveling-off point was.

While you’re over at Playboy, check out my Hard Science column to learn more about the science of sex. Some of my other articles include:

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller
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Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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