Most people believe that more frequent sex with greater happiness with a partner.
But reported from Today on Monday (10/01/2020), a study found that there is something magical when having sex between couples who are committed to doing it once a week.
"Having sex more than often does not make us happier," said Amy Muise, University of Toronto-Mississauga social psychologist at the University of Toronto-Mississauga.
He added also if sex is done less than that, happiness will decrease.
"Once a week it makes sense because I think many people still see this as having normal sex ," Muise said.
Muise and colleagues used data from more than 30,000 Americans to see the relationship between happiness and sexual frequency. In research conducted, the results are the same for men and women, young and old, long and short-lived relationships, that is, once a week.
Weekly sex, said senior researcher at the Kinsey Institute, Helen Fisher, affects three different brain systems, which in turn affect the health and happiness of relationships.
"Having sex increases testosterone which will sustain our sex drive," Fisher said.
Fisher added, each genital stimulation will encourage the dopamine system, which will lead to romantic feelings of love. Orgasm stimulates oxytocin production, which creates a feeling of deep attachment.
More often, happier?
"One thing not addressed in this study is whether people who have less sex will be happier if they increase the frequency of sex," said psychiatrists in New York-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine, Dr. Gail Saltz.
He also added that something that the researchers did not see was taking people who were unhappy with their partners and directing them to have sex more often, they would also be happier or not.
Even so, Fisher said if having sex weekly can not be done, make another schedule.