Does having much sex make couples happier?
Having an active sex life favors happiness and well-being in the couple . But how many times a week do you have to make love so that a beneficial effect on the relationship occurs? A recent study suggests that the increase in sexual frequency in a couple has a positive effect ... but up to a limit.
Therefore, to maintain stability in the couple is not necessary to have sex every day, that is, sex is important but more is not always better.
You are not happier to have more sex
Many agree that a happier couple is one who is more passionate and has sex several times a week, but past research had not yet completed the amount of sex that was necessary to have a more satisfying relationship.
How much sex is necessary to be happy? How much more sex do you have more happy are you as a couple? This is what a group of researchers from the University of Toronto Mississauga in Canada, and to try to check if these hypotheses were correct, they used a sample of 30,000 people.
Researchers analyzed data from three studies
To extract the results, the researchers analyzed data from three studies.
In the first of these, the researchers analyzed data from a survey conducted in the United States, which was answered every year from 1989 to 2012 by subjects between 18 and 89 years of age. Participants answered questions such as the frequency with which they made love a week (from one to four) or their perception of happiness.
In the second study, the researchers conducted an online survey that answered 335 people, most of them heterosexual. By last, analyzed the results of a third study that lasted 14 years , also made by American couples.
The results of the study and its conclusions
Following the results of the study, the researchers concluded that for the members of the couple, the sexual practice increases its benefits until it reaches one session per week . From there, happiness stops growing.
The new research has been published in The Journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, and Amy Muise, the director of the research, explains to Huffington Post that: "In general it is important to maintain the sexual connection with the romantic couple, but it is important to have realistic expectations about the sexual life, taking into account that many couples they are busy with work and responsibilities. "
In addition, Muise concludes that "for couples with many occupations, job responsibilities and children to care for, the pressure to have sex as often as possible can be stressful." The expert with extensive experience in research on sexuality issues also states: "Sex is good, but more sex is not better. Our research suggests that couples do not need to practice sex many times a week, instead they must work on other aspects of the relationship to maintain a connection with the couple. "
Sex is more important than money
The respondents also made it clear that sex was one of the priorities of the couple's relationship even before the money . Therefore, sex is associated with happiness more than money, because in the second study of the three that were carried out the subjects were asked about their annual salary.
Regarding the degree of happiness of the couple, for those relationships that had sex less than once a week, compared with those who made love once a week, there was a greater difference in the comparison, than between the couples who charged between $ 15,000 and $ 25,000 and those charged between $ 50,000 and $ 75,000 a year.
Finally, it is important to note that there were no significant differences between age, sex or duration of the relationship . And the research did not check whether there was a cause-effect relationship between the frequency of sexual relations in the couple and satisfaction in the relationship, but that there was simply a correlation between the two variables.