Sex Ed

Will Having More Sex Actually Make You Happier?

May 27, 2015 by Justin Lehmiller

Imagine that you started having sex twice as often as you were right now. How do you think you would feel? Although most people would probably guess that their happiness would increase, they might not necessarily be correct. How could that be? It’s just common sense that more sex = more happiness, isn’t it? As it turns out, we tend to be pretty bad at this thing called affective forecasting, or predicting our future emotional states. What this means is that you won’t really know how you’ll feel about a given situation until you’re in it.

So what actually happens when people start increasing the frequency with which they have sex? Does it truly make them happier? For the answer, check out my latest article over at Playboy in which I explore the results of a recent experiment that tested this idea.

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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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