Sweet spot

Study finds happiest couples have sex once a week

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Researchers at the University of Toronto conducted a study of more than 30,000 Americans over the past 40 years to determine whether happy couples had more sex than unhappy ones. The answer? Yes, well sort of. Irrespective of age, gender, or the duration of the relationship, the magic number appears to be once per week, indicating that those couples who can’t keep their hands off each other are in fact likely to be less happy than couples who’d actually rather watch Netflix than engage in “Netflix and chill.”

If sex isn’t the key for happiness in relationship, why the sweet spot of once a week? The answer is uncertain, but one theory is that couples are less likely to be satisfied if they think the amount of sex they have is below average, and once a week is approximately what is perceived to be a normal amount of sex in a relationship. For people outside of relationships however, there was no link at all between frequency of sex and happiness, indicating that single people shouldn’t overworry about having too much or too little sex — scientifically speaking, it doesn’t seem to make them happier either way.

Read the full story at Cosmopolitan.

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