Hey, you there. Yeah, the one half-assedly registering these words ’cause gettin’ down is on your mind. Settle down – you only need to do that once a week to reach optimal satisfaction.
New research published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science has found one weekly roll in the hay is all that’s necessary for couples to reach optimal happiness. Any rabbit behaviour beyond that is subject to the law of diminishing returns. (Don’t get us wrong, though – it’s still damn exceptional).
“Our research suggests that engaging in regular sex is associated with happiness, but it is not necessary, on average, for couples to aim to engage in sex as frequently as possible,” said lead author and University of Toronto Mississauga sex/romance researcher Amy Muise.
Having sex less than once a week, meanwhile, can lead to decreased contentment, which probably didn’t require a team of U of T scientists to determine.
And if you’re having sex even less than that, you should reverse that trend immediately if you care at all about living with reasonable joy.
Researchers estimated the difference between the contentment of couples who lay each other at least once a week and those who can’t achieve that threshold in a month is bigger than the difference between couples making between $15,000 to $25,000 annually and those who were making between $50,000 and $75,000.
So you should probably go and reach that quota.